North by Northwest is a 1959 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman. North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets.
Alfred Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest', 1959 -Alfred Hitchcock had agreed to do a film for MGM, & they had chosen an adaptation of the novel, The Wreck of the Mary Deare. Composer Bernard Herrmann had recommended that Hitchcock work with his friend, Ernest Lehman. After a week, Lehman claimed he couldn't do anything with the 'Mary Deare' story & Hitchcock told him he would find another story for them, & eventually came up with the concept for 'North by Northwest' -