Two of my favourite stars together with Hitchcock directing means this is among my top films ever.
Alicia descends into drinking and bed hopping after the conviction of her German father for treason against the US. This leads to her recruitment by a government agency in the form of the dashing Mr Devlin.
Her ‘good time’ outfit and he ties his hankerchief around her middle in case she gets cold!
The attraction is very much mutual. This is a very important scene because Hitchcock succeeded in getting around the strict Production Code that forbade kissing for longer than 3 seconds. He simply had them stop every 3 seconds, murmur sweet nothings and start up again…..repeatedly.
Her ‘assignment’ was to attach herslef to one of her father’s former associates.
Alicia and Devlin meet regularly for updates. Look at how cool her gent’s outfit is!
Alicia as the new bride presented to the family. The only time in the film we see her wearing white in this house.
A dinner party is thrown to which Devlin is invited. I believe that’s Hitchcock on the far left.
I adore this dress, the rolled hair and chain belt.
And it has dramatic bare back.
They discover a secret.
A dress that’s almost Medieval in its severity.
Alicia mysteriouly suffers a rapid decline in health. A little pawn on the chequer board.
Mother and son decide her fate.
Devlin becomes alarmed when she misses their regular rendezvous and decides to visit her home.
He finds her almost unconscious.
It’s her husband who has to answer for his mistake.
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