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Notorious (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 6 September 1946 (USA)
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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?

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writer:

Ben Hecht
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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 Alexis Minotis ... Joseph (as Alex Minotis)
Wally Brown ... Mr. Hopkins
Charles Mendl Charles Mendl ... Commodore (as Sir Charles Mendl)
Ricardo Costa Ricardo Costa ... Dr. Barbosa
E.A. Krumschmidt E.A. Krumschmidt ... Hupka (as Eberhard Krumschmidt)
Fay Baker ... Ethel
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Storyline

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 Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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spy | wine | german | wine cellar | nazi | See All (122) »

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Notorious woman of affairs... Adventurous man of the world! See more »


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Alma Reville may have had another reason for jealousy, according to biographer Donald Spoto. Sir Alfred Hitchcock's longtime collaborator, script doctor, and adviser, she was often shunted aside during his successful writing partnership with Ben Hecht. See more »

Goofs

Did Hitch goof? At the dinner which Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) attends with all the I.G. Farben baddies, there seems to be an uncharacteristic slip-up for the usually meticulous and detailed oriented Hitchcock. The labeled bottles of wine "(Volnay) Cailleret Bouchard" that Emille Hubka (E.A. Krumschmidt) is visibly disturbed about, bears totally NO resemblance to the later bottles of "Pommard," those down in the Sebastian wine cellar, where some specific ones contain the radioactive ore samples. For one thing, the earlier bottles have no separate vintage labels as do the 1934 bottles in question, and, even the bottle shape is wrong. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Miami, Florida, Three-Twenty P.M., April the Twenty-Fourth, Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six.... See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in The Ultimate Romance: The Making of 'Notorious' (2008) See more »

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Carnaval, Op. 9, Scènes mignonnes sur quatre notes: 'Chopin'
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Written by Robert Schumann
Performed in the distance as Alicia enters Alex's house for the first time
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Grant + Bergman + Hitchcock = Chemistry
25 August 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

In Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film, `Notorious', Cary Grant plays T.R. Devlin, an American agent who employs the assistance of Alicia Huberman, (Ingrid Bergman) a German expatriate whose father has just been convicted as a German spy. Devlin brings Alicia to Brazil in hopes to arrange a meeting with Alex Sebastian (the fantastic Claude Rains); another German spy who just happens to have a history with Alicia insofar that he was in love with her. The plan is to get them together so that she can spy on Sebastian and his colleagues so that the Americans can get a leg up on their mutual espionage. Of course, love develops between Devlin and Alicia, which complicates their operation and of course, their lives.

`Notorious', despite adhering to the chaste Hayes Code of the time has some of the steamiest scenes between two actors that I can recall during that era. While the scenes never get beyond the standard close-ups of their kisses, the chemistry is a heavy physical presence. The acting in `Notorious' is top-notch; Grant and Bergman were at their best during this era. Claude Rains, who is a personal favorite of mine, is absolutely fabulous in this film. He gives his character, who should be hateful, a humanistic quality that makes him an even more complicated figure. Screenwriter Ben Hecht and Hitchcock team up for some pretty intense moments in `Notorious', and compliment each others styles and talents wonderfully. There are not many nail-biting moments in `Notorious', but the script is excellent. Coupled with the superior acting and direction, `Notorious' is certainly a Hitchcock film that should not be missed.

--Shelly


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USA

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Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,061
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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