Quintessential Hitchcock comedy-thriller, with bewildered ad-man
Grant chased cross country by both spies (who think he's a double
agent) and the police (who think he's an assassin). One memorable
scene after another, including now-legendary crop-dusting and
Mount Rushmore sequences; one of the all-time great entertainments.
Witty script by Ernest Lehman, exciting score by Bernard Herrmann.
Jessie Royce Landis
played Cary Grant's mother, yet he was 10 months older than her.
The shot of Cary Grant entering the UN building had
to be filmed with a hidden camera as Hitchcock wasn't able to get permission
to shoot there.
At one point the movie's title was to be "The Man in
Lincoln's Nose", referring to the final chase sequence on Mount Rushmore.
At the shooting sequence in Mount Rushmore you can
see a small boy covering his ears just before Eva Marie Saint shoots
Cary Grant, since he had oviously rehearsed that scene before.
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance missing a bus at
the end of the opening credits.