North by Northwest is a 1959 American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman. North by Northwest is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets.
Eva Marie Saint in "North By Northwest" (1959). "Edith Head was unable to leave Paramount for this assignment so Eva Marie Saint was taken to the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York to select a range of costumes from their collection."
Alfred Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest', 1959 -Alfred Hitchcock had agreed to do a film for MGM, & they had chosen an adaptation of the novel, The Wreck of the Mary Deare. Composer Bernard Herrmann had recommended that Hitchcock work with his friend, Ernest Lehman. After a week, Lehman claimed he couldn't do anything with the 'Mary Deare' story & Hitchcock told him he would find another story for them, & eventually came up with the concept for 'North by Northwest' -