North by Northwest. 1959. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Screenplay by Ernest Lehman. 136 min.
With Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis. Roger Thornhill, a Madison Avenue ad executive who is mistaken for a mystery man named George Kaplan, boards a train to Chicago to escape his pursuers. On the train he meets the serene Eve Kendall who offers to assist him while on the lam. But Eve, like most women in Hitchcock films, is not who you think she is. The film’s breathtaking climactic chase scene on Mt. Rushmore is quite deservedly an iconic moment in film history.