Episode 76: North by Northwest (1959)


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The guys go on a thrilling adventure across the country with their podcast on Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 action classic, North by Northwest. They talk about the ways in which the pretty straightforward thriller seems to differ from the typically Hitchcockian methods of telling a story, with the iconic director famously telling the viewer not to look too deeply at North by Northwest and a deeper enjoyment should arise. The Bit Players break that down in comparing it to James Bond films, Hitchcock's other, more cerebral work, and the level to which Cary Grant's Golden Era Hollywood star power translates to the modern viewer. Much of the film's discussion can be narrowed down to one simple point, however: when put up against Richie Rich, is North by Northwest the best film to climax on the domepiece of Abraham Lincoln?

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