Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint
North by Northwest is one of Alfred Hitchcocks best films and most successful at the box office. A brilliant blend of suspense, action and comedy make it a very enjoyable film to watch and also to admire for it's beauty and elegance. Carey Grant and Eva Marie Saint are electric together. Their subtle foreplay and sexual innuendos are legendary and even had the censors blushing.
The intricate plot written by Ernest Lehman stands up even for todays audiences. His blending of comedy and suspense works well and doesn't distract from the storyline, although Cary Grant probably had a lot to do with the success of that with his charismatic charm and timing.
The story revolves around a man mistaken for an undercover spy by an enemy who is trying to kill and frame him. Cary Grant tries in vein to convince the authorities and his mum that something funny is going on. The action takes us from New York to South Dakota to the cliffs of Mt Rushmore.
What I loved most about this was the fantastic examples of modernism architecture and set locations / designs. It really captures the 1950's and 1960's. The United Nations building in New York is a standout and so to the interiors for all the houses and hotels. Throw in a dashing leading man, an elegant leading lady and some pre-dinner Martini's and the mood is set. Real classy stuff. I found this website called Hooked on Houses that has some great photo's and information about the movie sets. ROB