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Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill: 6 Quotes About Iconic Role

By    |   Monday, 25 Jan 2016 02:16 PM

Whether or not you've seen the Alfred Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest" (1959), you're likely familiar with the scene in which Cary Grant's character Roger O. Thornhill was nearly mowed down by a mysterious cropduster along a country road. Forever an iconic moment in cinema history, this scene has been parodied numerous times. Cary Grant was already a Hollywood star, but in the role of impeccably attired Roger O. Thornhill, Grant cemented his reputation as a fashion icon.

Here are six quotes about Grant in this iconic role:

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• "It became a very famous sequence. As a matter of fact, that's how I knew that Cary Grant had died. Every channel on TV was showing that shot of Cary running away from the plane. It's strange, isn't it, that such a distinguished career should be remembered mostly for that one shot?"
– Ernest Lehman, "North by Northwest" screenwriter, in a 2000 interview

• "It's a terrible script. We've already done a third of the picture and I still can't make head or tail of it."
– Cary Grant, to Alfred Hitchcock during filming, which delighted the director who hoped the actor would imbue the role with the same feeling, according to Turner Classic Movies

• “Cary Grant, a veteran member of the Hitchcock acting varsity, was never more at home than in this role of the advertising-man-on-the-lam. He handles the grimaces, the surprised look, the quick smile, the aforementioned spooning and all the derring-do with professional aplomb and grace.”
– A.H. Weiler, The New York Times movie review, Aug. 7, 1959

• “North by Northwest isn't a film about what happens to Cary Grant, it's about what happens to his suit.”
– Todd McEwan, “Cary Grant’s Suit,” Granta Magazine 94

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• “When Cary Grant first dons his sunglasses in Alfred Hitchcock’s 'North by Northwest,' he’s hiding, rather unconvincingly, from the police at Grand Central Station. When he takes them off, he is successfully propositioning Eva Marie Saint for sex in a train dining car. The intervening five minutes of film show Grant in great peril and distress — but through it all, he remains completely, impossibly cool. Not just because of his wit, or his sex appeal, but because of his sunglasses.”
– Mark Joseph Stern, "The Coolest Thing Anyone Has Ever Worn," Slate.com

• “The most beautiful thing in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film ‘North By Northwest’ is undoubtedly a luminescent Eva Saint Marie in the role of Eve Kendall. However, for men interested in style, the suit worn by Cary Grant’s character, Roger O. Thornhill, comes in a close second.”
– Mansel Fletcher, “Why It Works: Cary Grant in ‘North By Northwest,’” The Telegraph

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Whether or not you've seen the Alfred Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest" (1959), you're likely familiar with the scene in which Cary Grant's character Roger O. Thornhill was nearly mowed down by a mysterious cropduster along a country road.
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