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North by Northwest -- Cary Grant stars as a Madison Avenue advertising exec who is mistaken for someone else and kidnapped by a group of international spies, headed by James Mason.
North by Northwest -- Alfred Hitchcock gives a tour of the film in this trailer for the Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray release.
North by Northwest -- Trailer two for this Hitchcock classic


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Release Date:
26 September 1959 (Japan) See more »
Alfred Hitchcock takes you.... North by Northwest! See more »
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Roger O. Thornhill

Eva Marie Saint ... Eve Kendall

James Mason ... Phillip Vandamm

Jessie Royce Landis ... Clara Thornhill

Leo G. Carroll ... The Professor
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Townsend

Philip Ober ... Lester Townsend

Martin Landau ... Leonard

Adam Williams ... Valerian

Edward Platt ... Victor Larrabee

Robert Ellenstein ... Licht

Les Tremayne ... Auctioneer
Philip Coolidge ... Dr. Cross
Patrick McVey ... Sergeant Flamm

Edward Binns ... Captain Junket

Ken Lynch ... Charley - Chicago Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Adams ... Lieutenant Harding (uncredited)
Andy Albin ... Farmer (uncredited)
Anne Anderson ... Woman (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Worker (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)

Malcolm Atterbury ... Man at Prairie Crossing (uncredited)
Tol Avery ... State Police Detective (uncredited)
Sam Bagley ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
John Beradino ... Sergeant Emile Klinger (uncredited)
Stephen Bolster ... Man with Camera (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Taggart Casey ... Shaving Man (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Auction Attendant (uncredited)
Bob Coe ... Cropduster Pilot (uncredited)
David A. Cox ... Police Officer on Horse (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Taxi Driver #1 (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Woman (uncredited)
Patricia Cutts ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Train Steward (uncredited)
John Damler ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Eddie - Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Bald Bidder (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Josephine Forsberg ... Friendly Passenger (uncredited)
Sally Fraser ... Second United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Lieutenant Hagerman (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Silent State Police Detective (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Hideo Inamura ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Security Guard at Auction (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Man Leaving Office Building (uncredited)
Madge Kennedy ... Mrs. Finlay (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Doreen Lang ... Maggie - Roger's Secretary (uncredited)
Larry Leverett ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Judge Anson B. Flynn (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Anna - Housekeeper (uncredited)
Tom Marshall ... Police Officer in Chicago (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
James McCallion ... Plaza Valet (uncredited)
Maura McGiveney ... Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Conductor on Twentieth Century, Ltd. (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Worker (uncredited)
Charles Postal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Elsie - Maid (uncredited)
Hugh Pryor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Bellhop (uncredited)
John Roy ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Worker (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Hotel Lounge Patron / Man at Mt. Rushmore Cafeteria (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Victor - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... Larry Wade (uncredited)
Doris Singh ... First United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Jeremy Slate ... Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Olan Soule ... Assistant Auctioneer (uncredited)
Helen Spring ... Bidder (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Assistant Conductor (uncredited)
Paul Togawa ... Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Auction (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Ranger (uncredited)
Ray Weaver ... Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Susan Whitney ... Attendant (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Herman Weitner (uncredited)

Lloyd Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Patrolman Waggoner (uncredited)
Paula Winslowe ... Woman at Auction (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Photographer at United Nations (uncredited)

Carleton Young ... Fanning Nelson (uncredited)
Ernesto Zambrano ... Man at Auction (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (written by)

Produced by
Herbert Coleman .... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Merrill Pye 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Frank R. McKelvy (set decorations) (as Frank McKelvey)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Peggy Shannon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Stanley Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ruby Rosenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director (uncredited)
Tim Whelan Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Harry Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Henry Greutert .... sculptor (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
John Ricardo .... second props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Tom Hadley .... boom operator (uncredited)
Van Allen James .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Bert Mott .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tom Overton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Howard Voss .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Charles Wallace .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cliff Shirpser .... optical matte camera operator (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... matte artist (uncredited)
Ray Austin .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunt double: Cary Grant (uncredited)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Howard Bradner .... grip (uncredited)
Howard Cashion .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera loader (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce .... camera operator: crop-dusting sequence (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: crop-dusting sequence (uncredited)
Bud McNeil .... best boy (uncredited)
Bill Shaw .... gaffer (uncredited)
Tom Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Felix Trimboli .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Weddell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Larry Leverett .... extras casting coordinator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Kress .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Edward K. Milkis .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles designed by
Robert Foss .... location auditor (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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136 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (1959-1998) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 (2008 re-release) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1995) (2006) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1993) (2001) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19156) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Many of the autos used in the early scenes (the NY taxi, the Glen Cove police car and the county detectives car) are 1958 Ford sedans.See more »
Continuity: When Thornhill is looking through the telescope at Mount Rushmore, during the first and last shorts, the Professor is sitting on the far side of the bench, but on the close-ups, he is sitting very close to Thornhill.See more »
Larry Wade:[Referring to the drinks] We've gotten a head start here, Mr. Thornhill.
Roger Thornhill:That won't last long.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Chuck: Pilot (#1.1)" (2007)See more »
I've Grown Accustomed to Her FaceSee more »


Who is George Kaplan, and why do Valerian and Licht want him?
What is the twist in this movie?
What route does Thornhill follow as he travels north by northwest?
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48 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Strangers on a train, 30 October 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest" is one of the best films in his long and distinguished career. Part of the success of the movie lies in the screen play by Ernest Lehman, one of the best writers of that era. Also, the haunting music by Mr. Hitchcock's usual collaborator, Bernard Hermann, adds texture to what we are seeing. Together with all the above mentioned qualities, "North by Northwest" was photographed by Robert Burks and was edited by George Tomasini, both men did outstanding jobs to enhance a film that shows a mature and inspired Alfred Hitchcock.

The film works because of the witty dialog Mr. Lehman wrote. This has to be one of the riskiest projects undertaken by Mr. Hitchcock because of the sexiness Eva Kendall exudes throughout the film and the repartee between her and Roger Thornhill. The film mixes adventure and romance that aren't put ons, as one feels what one's watching to be really happening.

Much has been said in this forum as to the values of this classic, so we shall only add our pleasure in seeing this masterpiece any time it turns on cable. In fact, the film hasn't dated, the way some others of the same period have. The highlights of the film are the sequences involving the crop duster, the train ride to Chicago where Eve and Roger first meet, the auction, and the Mount Rushmore climax.

This is one of the best contributions by Cary Grant to any of his work with the director. Roger Thornhill is one of the best roles Mr. Grant played, during his long career. His chemistry with Eva Marie Saint is perfect. This young actress added class and elegance to the picture. James Mason and Martin Landau played villains convincingly. Jesse Royce Landis, Leo G. Carroll, and the rest of the supporting cast is excellent.

"North by Northwest" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's best crafted films thanks to the brilliant people that came together to work in it.

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