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Movie Scene : North By Northwest – Prairie Stop/Hwy 41

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Roger Thornhill is meeting George Kaplan to clear up a little jam he’s in.  A bus drops Thornhill off on a lonely stretch of highway.  No sign of life.  Dry, parched and deserted.  A couple of cars blow by throwing dust up into his face.  Its quiet and the only sound we hear is a crop duster in the distance.

A car pulls out of a field.  A man gets out and stands on the opposite side of the highway.  They have a little chat then a bus comes by and the man gets on it and Roger is left alone.  He looks up at the plane as it gets closer, so close it swoops down at him.  The plane circles and comes at him again only this time it’s firing a machine gun.  Roger hits the dirt and gets up as the plane is making another turn.  He hot- foots it for a corn field.  It just keeps getting worse for Roger.

Hitchcock makes a memorable scene.  Sets up the tension and suspense for the audience and Cary Grant.  We’re there with Grant who is totally out of place in his suit and tie running for his life.  Grant is perfect and creates a great character.  Robert Burk’s cinematography really captures the feel of the setting and along with  Hitchcock and Grant pull off a great piece of film.

Roger is no James Bond, just a smart ass advertising guy.

Run Roger run!!

8 comments on “Movie Scene : North By Northwest – Prairie Stop/Hwy 41

  1. yeahanotherblogger
    December 12, 2016

    A very classic scene. I love the whole movie, too.
    What are your fave Hitchcock movies? Mine might be Vertigo and Rear Window,

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 12, 2016

      Don’t get me going on Alfred. Faves? Pretty much everything he did. The ones you mentioned are hard to argue with. Top of my head, 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Strangers on a Train (CB likes trains), Frenzy. Family Plot because Hitchcock hooked up with Bruce Dern. A lot of critics gave it low marks. I don’t listen to those guys and gals. North by Northwest is a great flick.


  2. 1537
    December 12, 2016

    Truly wonderful – still one of my very favourite movie scenes ever. It always makes me think of Spielberg’s ‘Duel’ too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 12, 2016

      Grant was perfect in this flick. “Duel’ yeah that was pretty good . 90 minutes of cat and mouse. I’m sure Steve was influenced by Alfred.

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  3. Thom Hickey
    December 18, 2016

    Thanks. Yes a superb scene from the master of superbly staged scenes.

    Cary Grant in many ways the most unique figure in all Hollywood.

    Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 18, 2016

      Alfred has a pretty high standard for sure. I love settling in for a Hitchcock film. I agree on Grant. He was absolutely perfect in this film. I think I’ll go watch it again.

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