ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES: Notorious (1946)

Happy 2022… whatever’s left of it at this point, as we all slowly despair… But hey, let’s not dwell, because I’ve got a brand new series for you! That’s right, after DOUBLE BILL, in which I compared two films which, to the naked eye, have little in common, COMEDY GOLD, where I talked about some of my favorite funny moments, SCREENPLAY BY, in which screenwriters get the spotlight for once, FAVORITE ANGRY MEN, in which the 12 Angry Men are ranked in order of my preference, and WORLD CINEMA, where international movies are all the rage, I bring you ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES, which is exactly what it sounds like. I will showcase a film and give you three of my favorite quotes from it. Because who doesn’t love quoting quotes? First up, we have one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most romantic films, Notorious (1946), in which Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) infiltrates a ring of nazis to gather information, with the help of government agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant), as the two of them fall in love with each other… Things get complicated with Alicia decides to marry the leader of the organization, Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains)… Here we go!

  1. I’m very sorry you all have to go. It has been a perfectly heinous party.’ Alicia – This kind of sounds more like a screwball comedy type of line, and it’s wonderfully delivered by Bergman. The whole party scene is very tongue-in-cheek, indeed.

  2. ‘Dry your eyes, baby, it’s out of character.’ Devlin to Alicia – This is the shift in Devlin and Alicia’s tumultuous love-hate relationship and one of the most acidic lines ever uttered in a film. It’s a soul-crushing moment, in which Devlin can’t contain his feelings anymore after Alicia tells him she’s going ahead with the plan to be with Alex Sebastian…

  3. I’m married to an American agent.’ Alex Sebastian to his mother (Leopoldine Konstatin) – I’ve always loved this line and Rains’ delivery. It’s such a great moment of realization and the stakes go up about 150%…

There you have it, folks! Stay tuned for next month’s ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES!

3 thoughts on “ONE MOVIE, THREE QUOTES: Notorious (1946)

  1. mikefilmbuff

    Love the idea Carol, glad you picked a film that one normally would think of for the quotes. We remember the suspense, plot , etc. You uncovered great quotes. Looking forward to what other moves you dive into to look for great hidden quotes.

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