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Notorious -- A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

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Director:
Writer:
Ben Hecht (written by)
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Release Date:
6 September 1946 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Notorious woman of affairs... Adventurous man of the world! See more »
Plot:
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
My favorite Hitchcock! See more (272 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Devlin

Ingrid Bergman ... Alicia Huberman

Claude Rains ... Alexander Sebastian

Louis Calhern ... Paul Prescott
Leopoldine Konstantin ... Mme. Sebastian (as Madame Konstantin)
Reinhold Schünzel ... 'Dr. Anderson' (as Reinhold Schunzel)
Moroni Olsen ... Walter Beardsley
Ivan Triesault ... Eric Mathis
Alexis Minotis ... Joseph (as Alex Minotis)
Wally Brown ... Mr. Hopkins
Charles Mendl ... Commodore (as Sir Charles Mendl)
Ricardo Costa ... Dr. Barbosa
E.A. Krumschmidt ... Hupka (as Eberhard Krumschmidt)
Fay Baker ... Ethel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernice Barrett ... File Clerk (uncredited)

Bea Benaderet ... File Clerk (uncredited)
Candido Bonsato ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charles D. Brown ... Judge (uncredited)
Eddie Bruce ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Photographer (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Woman (uncredited)
Richard Clarke ... Man (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Alfredo DeSa ... Ribero (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Woman (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon ... Ernest Weylin (uncredited)
William Gordon ... Adams (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... File Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Defense Counsel (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Drinking Champagne at Party (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Ted Kelly ... Waiter (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Logan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Leota Lorraine ... Woman (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Photographer (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Butler (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Man Walking Through Door Leaving Courtroom (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Man (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Maid (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Diner Extra / Party Guest (uncredited)

Antonio Moreno ... Senor Ortiza (uncredited)
Sandra Morgan ... Woman (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ramon Nomar ... Dr. Silva - Brazilian Official (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ... John Huberman (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Louis Serrano ... Brazilian Official (uncredited)
Patricia Smart ... Mrs. Jackson (uncredited)
Dink Trout ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Lenore Ulric ... Horsewoman with Sebastian (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Knerr (uncredited)
Peter von Zerneck ... Wilhelm Rossner (uncredited)
John Vosper ... Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Ward ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lillian West ... Woman (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Elizabeth Wilson ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Herbert Wyndham ... Mr. Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (written by)

John Taintor Foote (story "The Song of the Dragon") uncredited

Alfred Hitchcock  screenplay contributor (uncredited)
Clifford Odets  dialogue: love scenes (uncredited)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Tetzlaff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Theron Warth 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter (set decorations) (as Claude Carpenter)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
John E. Tribby .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Eagler .... special effects
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Capa .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gregg Toland .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... gowns designer: Miss Ingrid Bergman
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Gil Grau .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... production assistant
Dorothy Barton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Betty Brooks .... stand-in: Ingrid Bergman (uncredited)
Dan Cassell .... stand-in: Cary Grant (uncredited)
J. Dodds .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bill Porter .... publicity writer (uncredited)
Ruth Roberts .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Leo Snell .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Norway:16 (1947) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-release) (re-rating) (2000) (2008) (2012) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2000) | USA:Approved (PCA #11261)

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Trivia:
Both Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman found the famous kissing scene quite problematic, according to Alfred Hitchcock, because of the complicated blocking that needed to be remembered in the several long takes that it took to shoot it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After just arriving in Rio, Alicia and Devlin are drinking at a café. In one shot, Alicia is touching her glass which is still on the table. In the very next shot, she is removing the glass from her lips.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Title card]:Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six...
[reporters and photographers converse amongst themselves outside the courtroom]
Judge:Is there any legal reason why sentence should not be pronounced?
District Attorney:No, your honor.
John Huberman:Yes, I have something to say. You can put me away, but you can't put away what's going to happen to you, and to this whole country next time. Next time we are going...
Defense Counsel:[whispering] I wouldn't say any more. We'll need that for the appeal.
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Soundtrack:
Carnaval, Op. 9, Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes: 'Chopin'See more »

FAQ

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65 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
My favorite Hitchcock!, 2 September 1999
Author: Daniel R. Baker from United States

Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is the daughter of a German-American who has been imprisoned for turning traitor to the U.S. during World War II. Despondent, she becomes an alcoholic and flits from man to man, until one day a mysterious government agent named Devlin (Cary Grant) comes to her and asks for her help. Some old Nazi acquaintances of her father's has taken up residence in Rio de Janeiro; he needs her help to spy on them. Somewhat reluctantly, Alicia agrees.

Once in Rio, it takes some time for the couple to be assigned their mission. The trip takes on the character of a honeymoon, and Alicia and Devlin start falling in love. Then their orders do arrive, and Alicia is assigned to infiltrate the house and the bedroom of the Nazi leader, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains).

This movie delivers a very different kind of suspense from Hitchcock's more famous NORTH BY NORTHWEST. There are no strafing runs by malevolent crop-dusters, no cliff-hanging mountain-climbing scenes, no mad footraces. The suspense here relies all on subtleties that get under your skin and chill you much more than the in-your-face antics of Hitchcock's later piece. The popping of champagne corks signals time running out for two spies in the wine cellar; an impassioned lover seeks to kiss the hand of his lady who has a deadly secret concealed in her palm; a victim of poison sees the shadows of the poisoners merge together on the wall. The final scene is the best of all. Who but Hitchcock could imbue the innocent sentence, "I wish to talk to you," with such chilling power?

This is one of Ingrid Bergman's best performances; Alicia is hardly perfect, but brave and lovely. Hitchcock was far ahead of his time in discarding male chauvinist attitudes that elevated a woman's chastity and "ladylike" attributes over her courage and intelligence. When a superior disparages Alicia for the lack of "character" she has shown by following the orders he himself has given her, Devlin sarcastically lashes out: "She may be risking her life, but when it comes to being a *lady,* she doesn't hold a candle to your wife, sir, sitting in Washington playing bridge with three other ladies of great honor and virtue." Yet Devlin himself is often unsympathetic and harsh in his treatment of Alicia, and the unfairness of that treatment is sharply highlighted in a manner very sympathetic to her.

Not to be overlooked is Rains' magnificent rendition of Alexander Sebastian, a villainous but human and rather weak man who genuinely loves Alicia. I have never seen Rains better except for his immortal portrayal of Cap. Renault in CASABLANCA. Also superb is Leopoldine Konstantin as Sebastian's domineering, scheming mother.

NOTORIOUS is intense and meticulously crafted, and benefits from the best acting in any Hitchcock movie. While NORTH BY NORTHWEST or THE 39 STEPS might be a better introduction to Hitchcock for people used to the slam-bang action of modern cinema, NOTORIOUS is the best I can recommend for those who have already learned to love Hitchcock's work.

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