6 Sep 1946
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
After filming had ended, Cary Grant kept the famous UNICA key. A few years later he gave the key to his great friend and co-star Ingrid Bergman, saying that the key had given him luck and hoped it would do the same for her. Decades later, at a tribute to their director Alfred Hitchcock, Bergman went off-script and presented the key to him, to his surprise and delight.
Alfred Hitchcock: [assumed identity] Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) pretends to be a Nazi.
Included among the American Film Institute’s 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
The film is included on Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” list.
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
“The Screen Guild Theater” broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 6, 1949 with Ingrid Bergman reprising her film role.
The Kissing Scene
When Ben Hecht watched the filming of Devlin and Alicia kissing whilst discussing dinner, he said, “I don’t get all this talk about chicken!”
Alfred Hitchcock was his usual unflappable self..
during production. Whilst in conference with Ted Tetzlaff on the set one day, a fire broke out. Hitchcock finished his sentence to Tetzlaff, turned to some stagehands and said quite coolly, “Will someone please put that fire out?” He then returned to his conversation.
Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman’s happy working relationship..
was enhanced by the opening of their previous picture in November 1945 during production of this movie. Spellbound (1945) received enthusiastic reviews and within weeks of its release was well on its way to earning eight times its cost.
At the end
When Devlin and Alicia walk down the stairs at the end, it takes more steps than it took Devlin earlier in the movie, which Roger Ebert called “Hitchcock’s way of prolonging the suspense.”
RT/Meta Critic Review
Hitchcock directed it, critics acclaimed it, and Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are only the tip of the talented cast.