Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Quick Look: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959-color)

   NORTH BY NORTHWEST was one of the great Hitchcock "wrong man" thrillers. Enemy agents take Cary Grant to be a secret agent and target him for elimination. Adventure takes off from there. This has always been one of my favorite Hitchcock movies, and it could be argued the film sets the stage for the spy craze which would erupt a few short years later. Indeed, the cast is full of future spy stars, including The Man From UNCLE's Leo G. Carroll, Mission: Impossible's Martin Landau, and Get Smart's Edward Platt! Cary Grant, in fact, was approached to play James Bond, but didn't want to do a series! James Mason was the first choice to play Hugo Drax in MOONRAKER, but that sadly didn't happen. In addition to a cast dripping with familiar faces, the film features one of Bernard Herman's most impressive scores. Of particular note is his pounding main theme, which is enough right there to leave one feeling exhausted! A certified classic, always worth another look.

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