"North by Northwest" (1959) ticks off a lot of Hitchcock’s favorite boxes: a Sexy Blonde; modes of transit (in spades); elaborate chase scenes; espionage; and a Wrong Man. And yet, it seems always to have lingered in the shadow of "Vertigo" (1958).
Marcello’s obsession to appear “normal” leads him to volunteer to keep an eye on an old professor, Quadri. Labelled a subversive, Quadri has moved to Paris with his young wife, Anna. With fascist efficiency, Marcello combines this mission with his honeymoon.