It’s funny to imagine a tornado blowing blue to chase Cary Grant in “North by Northwest,” as if this were “Twister” and he was in danger of being swept up like the flying bull in that movie. Obviously, Hitchcock was a man of ideas, and the tornado sounded like a tornado that he just threw over the top of his head without really thinking through the full creative implications of it.
Screenwriter Lehman devised a way to salvage the spirit of Hitchcock’s idea without turning “North by Northwest” into a movie where villains use weather control (as audiences will see decades later). century later in the critically-acclaimed 1998 spy TV adaptation of the “Avengers” television series). Instead, what comes to mind, he explains, is an image of an airplane:
“I wondered, ‘What would happen if a plane went out of the sky?” And [Hitchcock] liked it immediately, and he said, ‘Yes, it’s a plant sweeper. We can plant some crops nearby. ‘ So we planted a fake cornfield in Bakersfield and did the scene that way. And, as you said, it became a very popular chain. In fact, that’s how I know that Cary Grant is dead. Every channel on TV showed Cary running away from the plane. It’s strange, isn’t it, that such an outstanding career should be remembered mostly for a single shoot? “
As Lehman pointed out, the image of Grant running from the plane became so indelible that he will forever be associated with it. More than 60 years later, we’re still talking about it, so it’s good that Hitchcock and Lehman had a good meeting and we got that planter wipe instead of some joke. fun.
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