Friday, 24 April 2009

The Grass is Greener

Victor Rhyall, played by Cary Grant and his beautiful wife Lady Hilary Rhyall, played by Deborah Kerr lead a quiet and steady life in a big estate inside a mansion. Guided tours to the mansion were allowed in order to overcome their financial trouble. One such visit day, an oil tycoon Charles Delacro played by Robert Mitchum visits the place and accidently enters a private room of the Rhyalls.
Although, Hilary tries to make him understand about the place being non-public, one can sense an attraction developing between the two by the conversations they indulge in. After some time, it is certain, Hilary is attracted to Charles and both wonder how they go about it next.
Victor meets Charles and they both familiarise themselves over a cup of tea. Few days later, Hilary makes up a reason to meet Charles. Aware of what’s happening, Victor remains optimist about his love for his wife coming to his rescue.
After spending few days with Charles, Hilary is surprised to see Victor acting normal in spite of knowing everything about her. He invites Charles to his place for a night out and also to settle scores with him and also to win back his wife. Victor and Charles carry out a lot of funny tests with guns and at pool table. Its funny.
Hilary feels embarrassed over the entire situation and her behaviour being the main reason for all the unwanted drama. The movie ends when she realises and apologises to Victor, thus ending the short timed ‘Love Triangle’.
Released in 1960, The Grass is Greener was directed by Stanley Donen. This romantic comedy fared poorly at the box office in spite of having big stars on board. This also was the third association of Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr pair, previous two being An Affair to Remember and Dream Wife. Jean Simmons plays the friend of Hilary and keeps the movie moving to believe its an quadrangular love story.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

That Touch of Mink

Philip Shayne, a wealthy business man is a guy who possesses a lot of charm. This charm made Cathy Timberlake, an old fashioned country girl to go mad. She has found the man of his dreams and cannot think of any other guy apart from him. Philip Shayne, played by Cary Grant meets Cathy when his Rolls Royce splashes mud on her dress and later calls her up to apologise.
After apologising in the office, he is quite impressed by her honest heart. He decides to take her for his meetings, wherein she intervenes and to his surprise manages to convince the other members to successfully negotiate a deal.
Philip takes her out to a baseball match at the Yankees stadium. He owns a part of the team. We actually get to see baseball stars like ‘Yogi Berra’, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris playing themselves getting thrown out for violating the rules.
Although, Philip is very much interested in her, he has no plans of getting married and there comes a clash because of her background. She believes in the traditional norms of getting married and start family. While he is just looking for an affair.

After much persuasion, she finally agrees to go on a holiday trip to Bermuda with him. She develops a psychosomatic rash on her body much to her disappointment and his frustration.
To overcome the disappointment, she wants to repeat the Bermuda trip and hence reaches earlier than Philip. She drinks in order to calm her nerves, ends up drinking lots. When Philip arrives, he finds her in drunken state and she makes a fool of herself and to such an extent that she falls from the window. Dressed in pyjamas, she orders the hotel servicemen to take her to his room, while others her have a good laugh about it.
In the end, she finally manages to convince him to get married and funnily in their honeymoon, he develops a rash.
This movie also happens to be the last movie, where Cary Grant persuades a girl. In his next movie, Charade, Audrey Hepburn persuades him, as per Grant’s request because of 25- year age difference.
Released in 1962, That Touch of Mink was directed by Delbert Mann, was nominated for three Oscars in Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Screenplay & Writing – directly for the screen categories.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Father Goose

Walter Christopher Eckland played by Cary Grant is a vagrant who is living on a beach. During WWII, he is persuaded by the British Authorities spy on the planes passing on the island. Reluctantly, he goes about his job. Commander Frank Houghton being an old friend of Mr. Eckland, it was a matter of obligation to be deserted in an island and spy.
During his stay in the island, he encounters a school teacher Catherine Frenau, played by Leslie Caron to be stranded in the island along with few children. They have managed to escape from the Japanese and thus seek shelter by taking Mr. Eckland’s help.

Mr. Eckland, as a result of a lady and kids finds himself to be out of the house and finds shelter in his boat, which is semi-damaged.
The story involves a series of comical incidents between Mr. Eckland and Catherine over many issues. With time, they get each other’s perspective and starts appreciating. Also, change of attitude towards children is seen in Mr. Eckland as he takes up the responsibility of Catherine and the children.

He builds his boat so that, it could be used to escape when Japanese invade the island. Catherine and Mr. Eckland fall in love with each other and also get married with minister playing the role of priest, perform the rituals via radio transmitter. Japanese airplanes strike the island right after the wedding ritual.
While they wait for the submarine from the Navy to arrive, Japanese invade the island. Mr. Eckland manages to distract the Japanese and escape safely.
Released in 1964, Father Goose was a romantic comedy directed by Ralph Nelson. It was nominated for three Oscars and won one Oscar for Best Screenplay, Writing. Other categories include Best Sound and Best Film Editing.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Walk Dont Run

The year of Olympics 1964, Sir William Rutland played by Cary Grant arrives in Tokyo a week prior to the Olympics. As a result of this, he finds himself in an awkward situation of housing crisis. He finally manages to find himself an Apartment which is occupied by Christine Easton played by Samantha Eggar. Although she was looking for a woman, she finally agrees to let Sir William to share the apartment.
Sir William meets American Olympian Steve Davies who is also looking for a house to stay. He is offered to share with Sir William, much to the dismay of Christine. Steve Davies finds her very attractive and falls in love with her. Hesitant in the beginning, but even Christine becomes closer to Steve. She is confused as she is engaged to the British diplomat Julius P Haversack, who also happens to be very dry and out of life, in short boring.
Sir William notices the closeness among these two and plays the role of cupid and brings them together. Cary Grant has some of the well written witty lines to offer in many scenes. This movie also marked the end of Cary Grant’s long movie career that spanned for 34 years.
Quite strange to most movies of Cary Grant in his entire career, this movie didn’t involve him romantically with a girl.
Directed by Charles Walters, released in 1966, Walk Don’t Run is more vividly remembered as Cary Grant’s last movie and as a remake of 1943 classic ‘The More the Merrier’ starring Jean Arthur.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Topper

George Kerby, a wealthy businessman played by Cary Grant has a way to enjoy his life. His lifestyles are complimented by his wife Marion Kerby played by Constance Bennett. This life is a contrast to that of Cosmo Topper played by Roland Young who leads a much planned and scheduled life. He is the chairman of a bank of which George is one of the board members.
Controlled mostly by his wife Clara, Cosmo Topper leads a life of mechanical routine, something he cannot change and is forced by his wife to dictate matters in each and every matter of his life.
George and Marion fuelled by the energetic adrenaline, die in a car accident. To enter the passage of heaven, they must do some good deeds. So they are turned into ‘transparent ghosts’. Topper upset to hear the news of Kerby’s death. He buys the car of the Kerby's and meets with an accident when excited by its speed loses control of the car. The Kerby couple introduce themselves to Cosmo. Cosmo Topper becomes a target in order to gain entry to heaven. Marion looks set to change Cosmo's life.

A lot of laughs in the subsequent part of the story which tells about the mess Cosmo Topper gets into because of the pranks played by Marion and George. As a result of his new found spontaneity, Cosmo’s popularity increases and thus attract a lot of social invitations.
The comical scenes are well shot throughout the movie. The hotel scene, lip stick mark on Cosmo’s cheek, Clara Topper getting annoyed with Cosmo’s new found lifestyle, Marion tempting Cosmo, Jealous George wanting to settle scores with Marion and Cosmo, the dog and house detective scene, car being driven with no driver and many more.
The movie culminates when Cosmo is getting treated in hospital after he meets with an accident. Clara promises him to be not dominant in the future. Releasing the good work, the Kerby’s bid a goodbye to Topper as they head towards the gates of heaven.
Released in 1937, Topper was originally adapted from a novel by ‘Thorne Smith’, directed by Norman Z McLeod. This was the first black and white movie to be ‘colorized’ in 1985.
It earned two Oscar nominations – Roland Young for Best Supporting Actor and for Best Sound Recording.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Born to be Bad

A young woman having got a raw deal from her youth decides to leave her job at a book store in search of money and thus becomes a night club dancer, more of a seductress. She has a seven year old kid Mickey, whose father is unknown. She teaches Mickey to lie, steal and all the things that would make him street smart. Apt to the title of the movie – Born to be Bad
Mickey has an accident when a truck driven by Malcom Trevor played by Cary Grant knocks him down, not severely injured though. Knowing Malcom is rich, Letty played by Loretta Young schemes to make money by issuing a lawsuit on Malcom. She is proven guilty for lying and also accused of being a bad mother for having taught her son to lie in court and fake his injury. Mickey is taken away from her. Malcom and his wife Alice happily accept to raise Mickey as they cannot conceive their own child. With time, Mickey is attached to both of them and this fact makes Letty jealous. She wants Mickey back and also some fortune of Malcom’s.

She pretends to be sick and seeks refuge at Malcolm’s house when her plan of running away with Mickey fails. She seduces Malcom and records the conversation to blackmail him. Her plans turn sour when Malcom tells Alice about him being in love with Letty and she accepting it.

Letty learns a lesson in seeing the selfless love of Alice and decides Alice and Malcom to have Mickey so that he becomes a good man. She returns to her old job, at the book shop and the movie ends there.
However, this movie had other claims to fame. It ran into censorship problems from the start because of skimpy outfits worn by Loretta Young. It was rejected twice by the censor board (Hays office). After several cuts and retakes, this movie was eventually passed and given an approval certificate.
Released in 1934, Born to be Bad was directed by Lowell Sherman.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Once Upon a Time

A showman Jerry Flynn has to find a new sensation in order to save his production from getting closed. He has a warning from the theatre owner to make matters worse. As he is looking out for a 'sensation' through which he can make money, he comes across a boy named ‘Pinky’ and he discovers a dancing caterpillar ‘Curly’ with him.
Curly was not an usual caterpillar, it could dance. Looking at this, Jerry is convinced about the dancing caterpillar being the rescue agent.
The mean minded that he is, he promises Pinky to make ‘Curly’ a superstar and Pinky agrees on one condition that, he wouldn’t be selling ‘Curly’ at any cost.
As he fights with Pinky’s elder sister played by Janet Blair over this issue, Jerry secretly makes a deal with the Walt Disney after ‘Curly’ was perceived as a big jackpot.
The rest of the movie is a series of incidents that makes ‘Curly’ very popular much to the delight of Jerry Flynn played by Cary Grant. ‘Curly’ had become so popular that, one of the war planes was painted with a picture of Curly.

The controversy with the caterpillar and its ability to dance arouses a lot of attention with the scientists as they challenge to undermine the caterpillar’s ability. Amidst of events, Pinky becomes aware of Jerry’s intentions and the movie culminates with Jerry understanding the kid’s sentiments and allows ‘Curly’ to have a life of its own.

Released in 1944, Once Upon a Time was a disaster due to its bad screenplay. Directed by Alexander Hall, this movie fails and failed to capture the minds of the audience.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Howards of Virginia

Set in colonial Virginia in 1750’s, this movie is a story about Matt Howard and his wife Jane Howard during the period when America was fighting for their independence.
Although, there were cultural differences between Matt and Jane, there was no love lost between them when they kissed for the first time and fell in love since.
Despite Jane’s brother opposing the marriage, they go through the ritual and raise a clutch of children. The lameness of their elder child reminds Matt of his brother-in-law and he manages to ignore the child for the very same fact.
The movie shows Matt, his friendship with Thomas Jefferson and his unique portrayal of a farmer. In 1776, Matt enrols to be part of George Washington’s army to fight for the independence. In search of their father, Peyton and James sons of Matt and Jane decide to join the army. They meet their father.
Listening without being seen to his two sons arguing over the rebellion, he discovers Peyton to be the closest to his principles than his beloved James. He tries to communicate his love, but war comes in between. The movie culminates in America getting the Independence from British and George Washington becoming the First President of United States. Despite the strong cast with Matt Howard played by Cary Grant, Jane Howard by Martha Scott performances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Jane’s brother and Richard Carlson as Jefferson, the movie was commercially unsuccessful and Cary Grant himself confessed in an interview about him being miscast as Matt Howard in this movie.

The Movie although conveys the history of Virginia and United States in general, there are few chronological errors. The costumes however, have a period appeal to the 1750’s.
Released in 1940, The Howards of Virginia was directed by Frank Lloyd and earned two Oscar nominations for Best Music Original Score and Best Sound Recording.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

The Last Outpost

Adapted from a novel by Britten Austin titled 'The Drum', The Last Outpost featured two of the upcoming stars of the 30's in Cary Grant and Claude Rains. The movie is set during the time of WWI, when British officer Michael Andrews played by Cary Grant is captured by a band of Kurdish raiders on the Eastern front and is rescued by a man who doesn’t reveal his name. They both combined avert an attack on British troops and also save the civilians of Kurdish. Michael Andrews gets severely wounded and is sent for treatment to Cairo military camp.
He falls in love with the nurse Rosemary played by Gertrude Michael and vice versa. Although married, she had not heard from her husband in last three years.





When fit and alright, Michael Andrews is sent on a mission in Africa. After three long years John Stevenson played by Claude Rains comes to claim his wife. John also happens to be the same guy who had saved Michael Andrews. Rosemary tells John about her new found love and is shocked to hear Michael being the one. John joins the troop of Michael to settle the scores.
The movie culminates with them both combining as a team to combat the enemies in the war while they resolve their differences.
Released in 1935, The Last Outpost was directed by Charles Barton and Louis J Gasnier.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

She Done Him Wrong

Mae West playing the role of Lady Lou is a night club owner in New York. One can imagine a lady of that stature to have many friends. She had more male friends than one can imagine.
The movie involves various scenes inside the night club and how few males try their luck to impress 'Lady Lou'. Although, Captain Cummings is in no mood to embrace her, she does find him liking. One of the lines by Lady Lou - "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" is one of the best lines considered by many film critics and also been voted in Top 100 lines in many movie sites.

This movie was more focussed on Mae West, who proved as to why she was one of the best in the business of 'comical sexuality'. After this movie, The Nation legion of Decency was formed in 1933 stating the movie and Mae West be one of the prime reasons for their formation.
The movie showcases the pride of the character 'Lady Lou' who endowed with jewels, hip swishing, proclaims to public 'I am the finest woman who walked the streets'.

Captain Cummings played by Cary Grant warns her about the consequences because of her attitude and it is him, who helps her in the end of the movie.
This movie is based on a play of Mae West titled 'Diamond Lil' in late 1920's.
Cary Grant in his early years of acting plays a second fiddle to the more renowned Mae West. He was hired by Paramount Productions and this movie saved Paramount Pictures from bankruptcy and they owe it to Mae West and her popularity at that time.
Released in 1933, She Done Him Wrong was directed by Lowell Sherman and was the shortest movie in terms of duration (66 minutes) to receive a Best Picture Oscar and also the only movie to be nominated in Best Picture category without having nominations in other category.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Every Girl Should Be Married

‘Every Girl Should be married' is what Dr. Madison Brown says. Anabel Sims played by Betsy Drake takes the advice and goes about in search of a perfect husband.
Dr. Madison Brown played by Cary Grant plays a reputed paediatrician. He is a noted bachelor too.
Anabel Sims is determined to find Mr. Right finds Dr. Madison very apt as her perfect husband. The movie involves a series of plots in which she literally stalks Dr. Madison.
She plays the role of a department store salesclerk, when Dr. Madison asks for her help to purchase few things, she decides him to be the one.


She finds all possible information about him, routines and whereabouts. Knowing her intentions, Dr. Madison tries his best to fend off her.

She uses the help of Roger Sanford who is thrice married playboy. It so happens, Roger falls in love with Anabel. She uses this to tease Dr. Madison and make him feel jealous. All of them turn out to be unsuccessful.
After a series of funny plots and dialogues, the movie culminates when Dr. Madison knowing of Roger’s success with woman tries to stop from them getting married. While waiting for Anabel at her place, Old Joe, long-time hometown beau of Anabel turns up unexpectedly. In the end, Dr. Madison does ask her hand for marriage.
Released in 1948, this movie directed by Don Hartman was one of the highest grosser of 1948.
This romantic comedy is very funny and Cary Grant proves his mettle with his sheer comic timing. A pretty Betsy Drake, plays literally a role of a stalker.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Once Upon a Honeymoon

During the time of WWII may American reporters were deputed in Europe to narrate the war. This is a story of an American radio reporter Pat 'O' Toole played by Cary Grant, his various adventures across Europe while covering the war. American burlesque Katie 'O' Hara marries an Austrian millionaire Baron Von Luber for her social climbing. Pat sees this marriage as an opportunity to expose the alleged suspected ties of Baron with the Nazis.
Pat is after a story as he follows Katie and Baron on their honeymoon across many countries of Europe. One can see country after country falling under Nazi regime penned by Baron's involvement.
Pat falls in love with Katie. Upon realising her husband's role with Nazis, she escapes from the Baron by faking her death. When Nazi regime had strengthened their hold in Europe, Katie, owing to her patriotic obligations decides to don the role of a spy and goes back to Baron.


The final scene exposes the foolishness of Baron and the Nazi regime when Pat upon agreement with Baron delivers a radio speech to public quite contrary to what was agreed upon.
This movie represents the typical Cary Grant, playing his comic - serious, eligible bachelor roles at that time. Pretty looking Ginger Rogers does justice to her role with her range of facial expressions and demonstrates her acting skills.
Look out for the comic timing of most actors as this film turned out to be just an entertainer. Keeping the mood of early 1940's in America, it turns out to be another way of looking at WWII from an American perspective.
Released in 1942, Leo McCarey directs this comical adventure which was nominated for Best Oscar for sound recording.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

The Roaring Twenties

'The Roaring Twenties' refers to the period post WWI and the events that occured during 1920's in North America and other parts of Europe.
Recession hit America is not able to find jobs for the war veterans who return from Europe. Eddie Bartlett, George Hally and Llyod Hart meet and become friends towards the end of the war.
Jean Sherman played by Priscilla Lane becomes a big fan of Eddie Bartlett for his heroics at war and sends him her photograph and letters during his stay in Europe.
Upon return to America, they find jobs hard to secure. Llyod Hart goes to practice law. George Hally played by Humphrey Bogart enters into bootlegging. The same would be the path for Eddie Bartlett who becomes one of the members to have a bootleg business.
American prohibition law at that time, prevented manufacture, selling, import and export of liquor. So this was taken as a opportunity to trade liquor illegally.
He builds a fleet of cabs through the sale of bootleg liquors and hires Llyod Hart as his lawyer.
Eddie helps Jean Sherman to get a job in a speakeasy run by Panama Smith. Eddie is in love with Jean, and she is under obligation because of all the favours done to him.

A further development when George becomes the partner and set about killing the rival gang in order to regain supremacy.
Love debacle when it becomes clear that Jean Sherman and Llyod Hart are in love, his breakout with George and subsequent fall of sharemarket doesnt go well with Eddie. He spends some time in prison for his activities.


Eddie starts afresh by driving a cab, meets Jean Sherman after few years. Llyod Hart happily married with Jean Sherman have a home, a kid and a good position at work. His life is under threat by George since Llyod is out to enforce certain legal laws that would ruin his business.

Final part is one of the defining moments when Jean Sherman asks a favour to Eddie in order to save her family. Eddie and George having a confrontation resulting in gun shots and both being dead.
The character of Eddie Bartlett is inspired from the life and career of bootlegger Larry Fay. This movie also turned out to be one of the last action films James Cagney featured in before he set out to venture into other character roles.
Released in 1939, The Roaring Twenties was directed by Raoul Walsh. Look out for scenes where Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney share the space. Its a viewer's delight.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Suspicion

Travelling on a first class compartment with a third class ticket, Johnny Asgarth played by Cary Grant meets the shy Lina Mclindlaw essayed by Joan Fontaine. She is beauty personified and Johnny uses every trick on the book to court her. She comes from a wealthy background, a factor that drew Johnny towards Lina. She had to elope since there was no way her father played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke would approve their marriage. After a wonderful honeymoon, she discovers the mess Johnny is in. She feared for their future due to his reckless attitude and constant gambling tendencies.
Each time she feared, he used to calm her down with his charm. He was broke and in desperate need of money and also engrossed himself reading a lot of murder mysteries.

He had a good friend in Beaky, who did have money and they had made plans to start a business. Beaky dies under mysterious circumstances and Lina suspects her husband to have played a role in it. Her suspicion overrules her senses to an extent where she feels the tag of being the next target. She suspects Johnny to kill her and take the money from her insurance.
Her state of mind could be summed up with a scene, where Johnny gets her a glass of milk. Interestingly, the scene is shot in a strange manner. He holds the glass of milk which is glowing and Lina feels, the milk is poisoned.
Fearing for her life, she decides to leave to her mother's place and Johnny hesitantly insists he would drive her.
The highlight of the movie and probably the best scene is the last one as they drive along the road, with Johnny speeding up the car, driving close to the cliffs. Lina anxiously and fearfully expects her death, watches Johnny take a shortcut and finds her door opened. He lends his hand to close the door, she feels he is trying to push her out. In the end, he manages to drag her back and stops the car.
He questions her behaviour and clarifies, he didnt murder Beaky, instead he was reading murder mysteries to commit sucide as he was ashamed of his inability to pay off the debts and face prison.

Joan Fontaine as Lina impresses with her acting skills, charm and elegance in this movie. Cary Grant plays the role where there is love in the heart and trouble in his mind. A cameo from Alfred Hitchcock, where he is seen posting a letter in a scene at the post office.
The ending of this movie was altered to keep the Cary Grant's heroic image he had with the audience.
This film marked the first instance of Alfred Hitchcock producing and directing a movie. This also happens to be the only time, he has directed someone to an Oscar winning performance. Joan Fontaine won the Oscar for Best Actress.
Released in 1941, Suspicion was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Music.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

An Affair To Remember

What happens when a handsome playboy meets the gorgeous night club singer on a cruise. The first part of this Leo MaCarey's classic 'An Affair to Remember' showcases the above scenario. Cary Grant as Nickie Ferrante plays the playboy and Debroah Kerr plays the dashing Terry Mckay.
Despite both being engaged, they couldnt help themselves falling in love with each other on the ship and make a promise to meet after six months at The Empire State Building.
With engagements being on hold, both wait for six months to see each other on the 102nd floor of the building. A perfect story in progress until Debroah Kerr meets with an accident right on the day of the visit. Cary Grant ambling to and fro on the 102nd floor can only console himself. He waits the entire day.... and wonders why till the end of the movie.
The discussion was whether they would get married would remain unanswered and accident becomes the reason that prevents the reunion of the couple.
The story was quite a drama back then, not the same when it was made in Hindi in 1999. One can copy the theme, not the entire storyline and scene settings. 'Mann' starring Aamir Khan and Manisha Koirala failed, because, it wasnt able to connect to the so called "modren-time" and the content not convincing. Times change, hence certain perceptions on love change. Unfortunately, Mann wasnt able to accomadate this change.


The highlights are the scenes shot in a garden mansion where Cary Grant takes Debroah Kerr to meet her grandmother. Their love blossomed at the very place. The last scene is a memorable one, when Cary Grants holds Debroah Kerr.




This movie is a remake of the 1939 movie 'Love Affair' starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer. Both directed by Leo MaCarey.

Released in 1957, An Affair to Remember was nominated for four Oscars in the Best Music, Best Costume, Best Song and Best Cinematography categories.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Notorious

The on-screen romance of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman was seen for the first time in the Alfred Hitchcock's thriller 'Notorious'. This film is highly rated for its screenplay. Some of the scenes involving Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman was breathtaking, the famous being the on/off again kiss scene, the scene was shot in compilant with the Hayes code, that prevented at that time a kiss scene to be no more than three seconds.
Alicia, the character played by Ingrid Bergman plays an undercover agent to the US Government in order 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 sucide 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 shot in Brazil, where Sebastian (Claude Rains) along with 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 to uncover the malicious intentions of Sebastian and Co. One can also see 'Christ the Redeemer', one of the 7 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 finest lines in the movie. Cary Grant, unusually not with his humour wit, displays an angry look in the entire movie. Its such a rarity that, one is not able to see him smile, still manages to pull off romantic scenes with such ease and guile.
Released in 1946, this movie was nominated for two Oscars in the Best Supporting Category for Claude Rains and for Best Story (Original Screenplay).