The centenary of Alfred Hitchcocks birth falls in August 1999. North by Northwest, made in 1959, is perhaps his best-loved romantic thriller, and certainly one of the most influential works ever made in the genre - an enticing cocktail of suspense, comedy, eroticism and danger. Cary Grant is a suave but stiff-necked Madison Avenue executive who finds himself mistaken for an US Intelligence agent, and is dragged into life-threatening escapades at the mercy of the villainous James Mason. Grants consolation is that he gets to romance elegant female spy Eva Marie Saint.
But the game of international intrigue is played for high stakes- and so, in the movies classic thrill sequences, Grant finds himself being chased across cornfields by a crop-dusting plane and fighting for his life on the slopes of Mount Rushmores famous presidential monument. Ernest Lehman provides an introduction to this souvenir volume, describing his collaboration with the master of suspense.