North by Northwest (matinee)

The Carolina Theatre presents Hitchcock Revisited May 17 – May 30.

North by Northwest (1959) is Alfred Hitchcock at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances. Grant is Roger O. Thornhill, an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a U.S. undercover agent. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason and Martin Landau) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy Stranger on a Train (Eva Marie Saint). And, of course, there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield, and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore.

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The film starts at 12:30 pm. Let’s gather 15-20 minutes before show time. Afterwards, let’s go for food / conversation nearby.

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  • Ellen

    Did a little digging and found this article about the house featured in the movie. Turns out we were right (a Frank Lloyd Wright house) and wrong (imaginary!) at the same time.­

    I also found the title quote, which is indeed from "Hamlet": "I am but mad north by north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw." The experts explain it as, "I'm only crazy sometimes. The rest of the time, I know what's what." (Apparently a "handsaw" was not a tool, but a bird of prey which a noble youth acquainted with falconry would be assumed to recognize.) Interesting!

    May 19, 2013

    • Nancy J

      Thanks for posting this. Very interesting point it made that a real Frank Lloyd Wright house would not have the beam support.

      May 20, 2013

  • Nancy J

    One of my favorite Hitchcock films - loved seeing it on the big screen.

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • Ellen

    WONDERFUL movie!

    May 19, 2013

  • Susanne

    Oh dear; sorry I missed it. I was thinking it was 3:15 for some reason.

    May 19, 2013

  • Mark Foskey

    Hi, Vera - no, for regular movies like this I don't think they sell tickets in advance.

    May 18, 2013

  • Vera

    Is there a way to buy tickets in advance? The online 'box-office' doesn't show this movie on Sunday.

    May 17, 2013

  • Fraser

    Hoping to make this w/my spouse. Newbie to the group.

    May 13, 2013

  • Shawna

    I will not be able to attend this meetup as I got a ticket for an Audubon Bird Cruise out of Wilmington this day. However, Mark has agreed to host. Enjoy!

    April 24, 2013

    • Miri

      can I be your stowaway for a day... ! sounds fantastic Shawna. Enjoy

      1 · May 1, 2013

  • Ellen

    Classics on the big screen - a great combo. Plus the Carolina is my favorite theater.

    March 28, 2013

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