Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman Scintillate in Hitchcock’s Notorious
July, 1946 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, released by RKO Radio Pictures, is a suspense filled espionage thriller set in South America.
The film stars Cary Grant as a charming and calculating U. S. Intelligence agent who recruits Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a convicted spy, to help infiltrate a group of Nazi’s, formerly friends of her father, that have relocated to South America and are planning something potentially catastrophic.
Bergman’s assignment includes the seduction of, and marriage to, one of the Nazi groups leaders, played perfectly as a mother-fixated sympathetic villain by Claude Rains. The film explores trust, its exploitation, and the classic conflict between love and duty. For some, the giving of trust will be redemptive, while for others, there will big a big price to pay.
Director Hitchcock delivers possibly his finest picture yet and manages to tip toe around the restraints of the Motion Picture Production Code with the longest kissing scene in screen history. There is no doubt that Notorious is, in every sense, a consummate Hitchcock film that includes some of the director’s most impressive camera shots.
Audience’s are applauding Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious as a superbly directed and acted romantic melodrama showcasing two of the screens most loved stars, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.