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January 30, 2006

North by Northwest - 6

A later Alfred Hitchcock film (1959), but earlier than his more famous Psycho and The Birds. Cary Grant plays the main character who is mistaken for a secret agent. He ends up living the life of a secret agent as he travels around the country trying to figure out what is going on. The best part of the film is the dialogue, which reminded me of Seinfeld. It has subtle humor, and the dialogue is delivered like the characters on the show (It just seems that way to me, I have no idea if the show was influenced by this or not, maybe subconsciously?). This is the film that has the famous scene where Grant and Eva Marie Saint, who plays the love interest, are precariously perched on Mount Rushmore.

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