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The free public film series THE SCREENING ROOM: CLASSICS, CROWD-PLEASERS, CULT FAVORITES AND NEGLECTED GEMS will present a special 50th anniversary showing of NORTH BY NORTHWEST – director Alfred Hitch****’s masterful blend of sophisticated wit and nail-biting suspense – at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., downtown Florence.

Scripted by Ernest Lehman (SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, WEST SIDE STORY, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), the classic chase thriller stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, Jessie Royce Landis and Josephine Hutchinson.

In the last of four films he made with Hitch****, Grant plays a Fifth Avenue advertising executive who finds himself accused of murder, mistaken for a government agent and pursued across the country by foreign spies and assassins while he desperately tries to clear his name.

Frequent Hitch**** collaborator Bernard Herrmann (VERTIGO, PSYCHO, THE BIRDS) composed the film’s pulse-pounding score.

THE SCREENING ROOM is co-sponsored by the library and Pillar of Fire. The series is hosted by film historian and Pillar of Fire founder Terry Pace, who teaches English at the University of North Alabama.

Screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (256) 764-6564 or Pillar of Fire at (256) 366-4512, or e-mail

“Now you listen to me. I’m an advertising man, not a red herring. I’ve got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend on me – and I don’t intend to disappoint them all by getting myself slightly killed.” – Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) in Alfred Hitch****’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
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