One of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest films, North By Northwest, is coming to local theaters thanks to the TCM Big Screen Classics series. A host of Northeast Ohio theaters will be showing the film at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday and Wednesday. (More information: www.fathomevents.com/events/north-by-northwest.)
The mystery-thriller, released in 1959, stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. Grant plays an advertising executive mistaken for a spy, and the bad guys pursue him from New York to Chicago to farm fields to South Dakota.
The crop-dusting scene, and Grant and Saint dangling precariously from president’s faces on Mount Rushmore, are two of the more iconic film moments of the 20th century.
In some ways, the film served as a template for the James Bond movies that would follow, and also featured a supporting cast that would become regulars on 1960s TV shows — Leo G. Carroll (The Man from U.N.C.L.E), Edward Platt (Get Smart), and Martin Landau (Mission: Impossible).
It was also nominated for three Oscars: best screenplay, editing and art direction.