Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1959. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Ernest Lehman. Cinematography by Robert Burks. Produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Production Design by Robert F. Boyle. Costume Design by Harry Kress. Film Editing by George Tomasini. Academy Awards: 1959.
Recently restored to its original brilliance, this one concerns an honest businessman (Cary Grant) mistakenly caught by foreign agents led by wiley James Mason, who think he’s a spy for the American government. Grant travels across the country, gets attacked in a cornfield by a crop duster, escapes danger aboard a train and battles the bad guys on the faces of Mount Rushmore. Exciting and suspenseful, it is further enriched by the classy and intelligent performance by Eva Marie Saint as the femme fatale. Ernest Lehman’s flawless screenplay is probably the best of his career, and Bernard Herrmann’s haunting bolero score among his finest.