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North by Northwest -- Alfred Hitchcock gives a tour of the film in this trailer for the Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray release.
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Director:
Writer:
Ernest Lehman (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 1959 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Alfred Hitchcock takes you.... North by Northwest! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets." See more (483 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Ernest Anderson ... Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)

Malcolm Atterbury ... Man at Prairie Crossing (uncredited)
Tol Avery ... State Police Detective (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)
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)
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 ... United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Paul Genge ... Lieutenant Hagerman (uncredited)

Ned Glass ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Silent State Police Detective (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Security Guard at Auction (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Waiter (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)
Alexander Lockwood ... Judge Anson B. Flynn (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Anna - Housekeeper (uncredited)
Tom Marshall ... Police Officer in Chicago (uncredited)
James McCallion ... Plaza Valet (uncredited)
Maura McGiveney ... Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Conductor on Twentieth Century, Ltd. (uncredited)
Charles Postal ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Elsie - Maid (uncredited)
Hugh Pryor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Bellhop (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 ... Indian Girl (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)
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)

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 (film editor)
 
Casting by
Leonard Murphy (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle (production designed by) (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 stylist
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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
136 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (1959-1998) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000) | Chile:14 | 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 (PCA #19156) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
James Stewart was very interested in starring in this movie, begging Alfred Hitchcock to let him play Thornhill. Hitchcock claimed that Vertigo (1958)'s lack of financial success was because Stewart "looked too old". MGM wanted Gregory Peck, but Hitchcock instead cast Cary Grant, who, ironically, was actually 4 years Stewart's senior.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the professor stands by a window, the entire background showing the Capitol building shakes for a brief moment, making it obvious that it is not real.See more »
Quotes:
Eve Kendall:I'm a big girl.
Roger Thornhill:Yeah, and in all the right places, too.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Dans le labyrinthe de Marienbad (2009) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I've Grown Accustomed to Her FaceSee more »

FAQ

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26 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
"That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets.", 12 January 2009

Cary Grant handles the twisted expressions of his face, his astonished look, his impulsive smile with professional self-assurance and charm while taking us right in the middle of confusion on a breathless 2000-mile cross-country chase which has its gripping showdown across the giant faces of the presidents sculptured on Mount Rushmore high above Rapid City, South Dakota…

Grant plays Roger Thornhill, a stylish publicist, mistaken for a fictitious Federal agent, plunged into a world of crime and intrigue, hunted down by villains who want to eliminate him because he seems to be on their dishonest dealings…

When questioned by bland Phillip Vandamm (James Mason), Thornhill is unable to convince him that he is a victim of a mistaken identity… His three thugs fill him with bourbon, and place him in a stolen car expecting him to have a drunken accident… After narrowly escaping death, no one believes his story including, obviously, his skeptical mother (Jessie Royce Landis).

In an effort to discover the agent he is being confused with, and using the clues he collected, Thornhill returns to the United Nations Headquarter looking for George Kaplan… There, somebody falls into his arms and unthinkingly, Thornhill draws the blade out of the victim's back and is photographed holding the weapon in mid-air… And thus became a fugitive from justice, pursued by the cops and had to skip by boarding a train to Chicago…

While on the run, he is caught by a provocative platinum blonde (Eva Marie Saint), who comes out as a glamorous woman and a delightful charmer…

James Mason, a polished mastermind spy showed too well to be threatening... His menacing henchman, Martin Landau is also convincingly hurtful...

In his fifth Hitchcock picture, Leo G. Carroll is suave and calm as the devoted intelligence chief…

Directed by a genius behind the camera, "North By Northwest" remains a genuinely exciting film for the dangerous world of spies and counterspies…

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