Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t only the Master of Suspense, he was also — literally — the master of the cliffhanger.
Is there a more exciting scene than the climax of Hitch’s 1959 classic “North by Northwest” when Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint are dangling from Mount Rushmore? Oh, wait, there’s also the movie’s famous crop-duster scene, a nine minute and 45 second thrill ride.
Get ready to sit on the edge of your seat when “North by Northwest” returns to theaters nationwide — including the Westbury 12, Farmingdale Multiplex, Stony Brook 17 and Island 16 Cinema de Lux in Holtsville — on April 2 and April 5 as part of the “TCM Big Screen Classics” series presented by Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events. (For show times and tickets, go to fathomevents.com.) The movie, which also stars James Mason and Martin Landau as the baddies, is an American spin on the director’s 1935 British smash “The 39 Steps.”
Incidentally, Mount Rushmore isn’t the only familiar location in the movie: Long Island gets its close-up in two scenes. Grant’s drunken driving adventure takes place in Glen Cove and the mansion where he is taken after being abducted is part of Old Westbury Gardens.