Time: 101 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Rains) and Best Screenplay.
NOTORIOUS isn't among Hitchcock's most famous films, but it should be. It's one of my favorites, mainly due to the star power of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. They never looked better and, thanks to Hitch, they have marvelous roles to play. One of his more romantic films, NOTORIOUS has an exotic location, nefarious Nazis and desperate passion. What could be better? This is suspense at its best. Grant and Bergman are wonderful together. He's the suave, clever secret agent, who falls for the wrong girl. She's the beautiful girl with a very naughty reputation. Together they must find out what the Nazis are doing in Rio. Though their main job is to fall in love, which they do perfectly.
The film begins with Devlin (Grant) crashing Alicia's (Bergman) house party after her father is convicted of being a Nazi spy in a very high-profile trial. She's drinking to forget and her guests are only to willing to oblige her. She's angry and tired of being followed by the police. She just wants to get away. She invites Devlin, a very attractive stranger, to go for a "ride" in her car. When they are pulled over by the police, due to her erratic driving, she discovers that Devlin is one of "them", the dreaded cops who are torturing her. The next morning, he reveals that he's been sent by the government to recruit her for a little assignment in Brazil. They know she's patriotic and need someone with her connections and particular "skills." She's unable to turn him down and is soon on a plane to Rio.
Once there she cleans up her act no drinking, no men while waiting for her instructions. She also just happens to fall in love with Devlin. The feelings are mutual. Unfortunately, their love doesn't have much time to blossom. Her assignment is to infiltrate the home of an old family friend, Alexander Sebastian (Rains), who used to have a crush on her. It's implied that she won't have any problems "befriending" him and will do whatever it takes to find out what he and his fellow scientists are up to. She wanted to hear that Devlin stood up for her, told them she was no longer such a woman. Her feelings are crushed. He makes it clear that it's her decision. He's not going to stand in her way or give her false hope for their future. If he won't fight for her, what choice does she have? Their plan works perfectly. Alex is thrilled to see her and soon has her living with him.