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  (in credits order)

Eva Marie Saint ... Herself - Host

Patricia Hitchcock ... Herself (as Pat Hitchcock)
Ernest Lehman ... Himself

Robert F. Boyle ... Himself (as Robert Boyle)

Martin Landau ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Peter Fitzgerald 
Produced by
Peter Fitzgerald .... producer
Cinematography by
Andrew B. Andersen 
Film Editing by
Glenn Erickson 
Makeup Department
Alan Friedman .... makeup artist
Tina Sellers .... hair stylist
Production Management
Paul Hemstreet .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Cook)
Whitney Purple .... sound recordist
Dave Rody .... production audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Abdala .... tape operator
Barbara Green .... tape operator
Brad Mielke .... motion-control camera
Zach Zeller .... key grip
Editorial Department
Kathy Duerr .... on-line editor
Arden Rynew .... on-line editor
Mark Seymour .... on-line editor
Paula Stein .... additional editor
Other crew
Ned Comstock .... archival production materials
Shirley Knecht .... titles
Martin Sunday .... production assistant
Attilla Farndale .... special thanks
Mark Farndale .... special thanks
George Feltenstein .... special thanks
Mike Finnegan .... special thanks
Tooney Fitzgerald .... special thanks
Chad Flakoll .... special thanks
Patricia Hitchcock .... special thanks
Tom Karsch .... special thanks
Richard P. May .... special thanks (as Richard May)
Roger Mayer .... special thanks
Michael Pohl .... special thanks
Ned Price .... special thanks
Cheryl Rose .... special thanks
Bill Rush .... special thanks
John Russell Taylor .... special thanks
Ed Santiago .... special thanks
Donald Spotto .... special thanks
François Truffaut .... special thanks

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40 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This documentary is featured on the DVD for North by Northwest (1959), released in 2000.See more »
Factual errors: It is said that the crop duster shot was filmed east of Bakersfield, Ca., when actually it was filmed west of Bakersfield near Wasco, Ca.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Stage Fright (1950)See more »


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Interesting documentary on the making of one of Hitch's greatest films..., 19 August 2012
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Any fan of this Alfred Hitchcock film should find this documentary narrated by Eva Marie Saint to be highly entertaining and informative about the behind-the-scenes data on the making of NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

Hitchcock's close association with writer Ernest Lehman explains why two of Hitch's ideas for a film gave Lehman the concept chosen for doing the screenplay of NBN. First ingredient: The United Nations with a diplomat making a speech; second, people scampering around Mount Rushmore for the climax.

Those set pieces, not to mention the cornfield scene, are given further details by Miss Saint who goes through the whole process of how scenes were storyboarded and then filmed pretty much the way Hitchcock had visualized them.

Apparently, it was a happy crew, with everyone enjoying their work on a Hitchcock film--even Martin Landau, who admitted being left out of a conversation when the director whispered directions to James Mason, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint for the auction scene but failed to tell Landau anything. The director assured the upcoming actor that he was doing just fine and didn't need any special directions.

The film's popularity was assured from the moment it premiered at Radio City Music Hall and it has been an audience favorite (as Hitchcock intended) from the start, using a variety of elements that derive from all of his most popular movies.

Interesting tidbit: the role of Roger Thornhill had originally been planned for James Stewart until Hitchcock decided Cary Grant would be a better choice. And Cyd Charisse was originally suggested by MGM for the Eva Marie Saint role, but Hitchcock's preference for blonde female leads was obviously a decision that favored Miss Saint.

And as Miss Saint observes, it "wouldn't be the same film without Bernard Herrmann's brilliant score."

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