Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman takes to drink and men. She is approached by a government agent (T.R. Devlin) who asks her to spy on a group of her father's Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro. A romance develops between Alicia and Devlin, but she starts to get too involved in her work.Written by
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Richard Chamberlain in an interview related a story that Claude Rains had told him about Notorious (1946). His co-star Ingrid Bergman was substantially taller than he was and he was supposed to kiss her while she tried to conceal a key that she had just stolen from him. Compounding the height mismatch, Rains also had to enter the room from a distance, so standing on a box wouldn't work for this scene. Alfred Hitchcock solved the problem by having Rains approach Bergman by walking up a ramp that was out of view. See more »
At the coffee shop in Rio, Devlin's hands are repeatedly folded/unfolded between shots. See more »
Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six...
[reporters and photographers converse amongst themselves outside the courtroom]
Is there any legal reason why sentence should not be pronounced?
No, your honor.
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...
I wouldn't say any more. We'll need that for the appeal.
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Opening credits prologue: Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six.... See more »
Older television and video prints feature the opening logo of the Selznick International Studios instead of the RKO original. In the RKO print, under the film's title it can be read "by arrangement with David O. Selznick" while the Selznick print removed that sentence and also the one that reads "RKO Radio Pictures presents". During the end titles the Selznick print also removed the RKO logo too. See more »
Carnaval, Op. 9, Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes: 'Chopin'
Written by Robert Schumann
Performed in the distance as Alicia enters Alex's house for the first time See more »
In My Top Ten!
As a young woman, back in the "olden days" days before video, DVD and TCM, I was always fascinated by this film, though it came and went on more obscure T.V. channels, with no clue of when it would return. Notorious has everything...inimitable Hitchcock moments, mystery, suspense, personal drama, high romance, passion, great character development, international espionage, nuanced acting, a visually stunning foreign locale, post-war period mystique, patriotism, fine supporting cast, a charmingly evil Claude Rains, a most sinister Mme. Konstantin, Grant at his most enigmatic and romantic, and Bergman her most alluring and luminous. As in all great films, it is a spot-on rendering of its own unique story in the ambiance of its own time, but timeless in its portrayal of human character and emotion. Like a handful of others, it is as satisfying a movie experience now as it was 40 years ago...probably more so...whether on first viewing or 40th.
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