Notorious (1946)

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman’s on-screen romance was seen for the first time in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller ‘Notorious.’

This film is highly rated for its screenplay. Some of the scenes involving Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman were breathtaking, the famous being the on/off again kiss scene, the scene was shot in compilant with the Hayes code, that prevented a kiss scene from being no more than three seconds.

Alicia, the character of Ingrid Bergman, plays an undercover agent to the US Government to repay the moral debt. This was for the spying activities of her father. Her father was a German spy, and he ends his life committing suicide while in prison. The Government agent, T.R. Devlin, played by Cary Grant, carries out a mission to trap other spies, most notably Sebastian.

Most of the movie is shot in Brazil, where Sebastian (Claude Rains) and his other partners in crime are operating their mission. A top-secret project under a Wine Manufacturer’s name. The story unfolds with Ingrid Bergman playing the undercover and helping the US Government uncover Sebastian and Co’s malicious intentions. One can also see ‘Christ the Redeemer,’ one of the current seven wonders at Rio in the movie.

Alfred Hitchcock’s cameo comes during the party at Sebastian’s house. The director is having a drink.

Watch out for the final scenes where an intoxicated Bergman has some of the movie’s most refined lines. Cary Grant, unusually not with his humour wit, displays an angry look in the entire film.

Its such a rarity that one cannot see him smile still manages to pull off romantic scenes with such ease and guile.

This 1946 movie was nominated for two Oscars in the Best Supporting category for Claude Rains and Best Story (Original Screenplay).