May 30th 2014: Notorious (1946)

Cast and Crew:   Alfred Hitchcock (Director); Ben Hecht (Writer); Clifford Odets (Dialogue)

What It’s About:  Intelligence operative Devlin (Cary Grant) grooms Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the disgraced daughter of a German American convicted of treason, as a spy on Nazis operating out of Rio De Janeiro.

Why Watch it Today?:  Claude Rains, who is excellent here as the German businessman that Devlin wants Alicia to get close to, died today in 1967.  Although he occasionally was the lead (The Invisible Man, for example), Rains excelled in parts where he played villains (The Seahawk) and in supporting roles (such as Larry Talbot’s father Sir John in The Wolf Man and Inspector Renault in Casablanca).  Although Notorious is most famous for its dreamy leads, where would it be without Rains’ mother-dominated creep?  If I were an actor, and I were to have worked during Hollywood’s Golden Age, I should like to have been like Claude.

3 comments on “May 30th 2014: Notorious (1946)

  1. kararind says:

    Dear Sir,

    Where did you find this movie poster for “Notorious”? I would like to print it for a friend who absolutely loves the movie.

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I have to be honest: that’s from a Google image search. I hold no rights for it nor do I have a copy of it. It’s a pretty great one.

  2. geelw says:

    It’s always the foreign posters that get the more unique treatments. Well, usually. I need to see this one again. It’s been a while, but I know it’s in heavy rotation on TCM, so it’s pretty much an easy catch…

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