North by Northwest

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1958. Revised Shooting script for the 1959 film. Studio Vault copy, rubber-stamped on the front wrapper. Brief notations in holograph pencil throughout, and in ink and pencil on the front wrapper. Pre-production and production scripts of any Hitchcock film are rare, presumably because the director was known for having gone to extremes in order to preserve the mystery of their content--particularly those with surprise endings.

Screenwriter Lehman's "Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures," with a score by Bernard Herrmann and innovative title sequence by Saul Bass, featuring kinetic typography superimposed onto the side of a U.N. skyscraper, the film represents a change of pace for the director after his earlier film, "Vertigo" (1958), a dark, romantic thriller. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and ranks as one of AFI's ten best mystery films, even with Hitchcock's Freudian symbolism: a train speeding into a tunnel during a romantic scene, a scene the director himself called "one of the most impudent shots I ever made."

A Hitchcock high spot, the last of four films the director made with Grant, the others being "To Catch a Thief" (1955), "Notorious" (1946), and "Suspicion" (1941).

Set in New York, shot on location in California, Illinois, and South Dakota (Mount Rushmore).

Blue titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 159, dated 8/12/58, with credits for producer Hitchcock and screenwriter Lehman. Title page integral with front wrapper. 180 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 179. Mimeograph, dated variously between 7/13/58 and 8/26/58, with pink revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8/22/58 and 10/27/58. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good, bound with two gold brads.

National Film Registry. Grant, p. 468.


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