A 1946 Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. The story takes place post WWII, where a Nazi agent is convicted of treason and U.S. intelligence agents learn that his daughter Alicia (Bergman) could help them trap another Nazi who's living in Brazil. Alicia is persuaded to cooperate by Agent Devlin (Grant) to travel to Rio and become friends with Nazi Alexander Sebastian (Rains). Devlin and Alicia fall for each other, but numerous problems arise when Sebastian asks Alicia for her hand in marriage.

All of the actors are at their best here. While it is not my favorite Hitchcock film, I still enjoy it and managed to "borrow" a copy from my mother, for a little too long. She let me keep it if I let her have my copy of "Monkey Business," another Cary Grant film. "Notorious" was Grant's 49th picture. He and Bergman carry excellent on-screen chemistry in the movie, and they remained good friends after the film was finished.

No*to"ri*ous (?), a. [L. notorius pointing out, making known, fr. noscere, notum, to known: cf. F. notoire. See Know.]

Generally known and talked of by the public; universally believed to be true; manifest to the world; evident; -- usually in an unfavorable sense; as, a notorious thief; a notorious crime or vice.

Your goodness, Since you provoke me, shall be most notorious. Shak.

Syn. -- Distinguished; remarkable; conspicuous; celebrated; noted; famous; renowned.<-- infamous is an extreme sense -->

-- No*to"ri*ous*ly, adv. -- No*to"ri*ous*ness, n.

 

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