Cary Grant just wasn’t getting it. He’d signed on to be the star of the film, was being paid handsomely for his efforts, and he was working with the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, no less. What could possibly go wrong?
North by Northwest seemed destined to be a box-office smash when it debuted in 1959.
Indeed, prior to the start of shooting, screenwriter Ernest Lehman was quoted as saying he wanted to write “the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures.” He held nothing back, and created a melange of suspense, lighthearted fun, intrigue, and nonstop action. There’s even a fight-to-the-death sequence that takes place on the face of Mt. Rushmore, not to mention arguably the most famous scene in Hitchcock’s long, storied career–the crop-duster attack!
And, of course, and above all else, the film features Cary Grant.
During filming, though, Grant wasn’t thrilled with the direction North by Northwest
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