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If there’s anyone the world would regret that didn’t become James Bond, it has to be Cary Grant. When characterizing James Bond, even Ian Fleming had Cary Grant in his mind. And North by Northwest goes to prove that. A thriller in a true sense, it created a benchmark for good thrillers, and others just followed it unquestionably.

About the movie

North by Northwest was one of the best films by legendary Alfred Hitchcock. It had all his classic elements- strangers meeting on a train, spies, secret romance. As Alfred mentioned on many occasions, Cary Grant was his favorite actor. North by Northwest has a gripping storyline, master class direction, and performance by Cary Grant that would be remembered for centuries to come. The fantastic opening title sequence of the movie was notable.

The film is about an innocent advertising executive who is mistaken to be a spy by the agents of a mysterious organization working against the government of the United States.

Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North By Northwest
© 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

The Chase continues across the country. The Stakes are high; the agents are looking to cross the border with microfilm containing the organization’s dark secrets. It’s upto the hero to stop them.

It’s one of those rare films that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The scene where a glider chases the hero in the fields is remarkably thrilling. The performances are exceptional, and the direction is captivating. Even Eva’s work as the dame spy is noteworthy.

Cast of North By Northwest

  • Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill
  • Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall
  • James Mason as Phillip Vandamm
  • Jessie Royce Landis as Clara Thornhill
  • Leo G. Carroll as The Professor
  • Josephine Hutchinson as Mrs. Townsend
  • Philip Ober as Lester Townsend

North By Northwest: Final Verdict

The movie is a total treat for thrill-seekers and Alfred Hitchcock fans. And if you are not a fan of Cary Grant, then rest assured that this movie will turn you into one.

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