North by Northwest


North by Northwest

Overview:

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

Votes 1029 (7.8/10)

Runtime: 136 minutes

Release Date 1959-07-08

Budget: $4,000,000.00

Revenue: $13,275,000.00

Tagline: It's a deadly game of 'tag' and Cary Grant is 'it'...

Production company:

  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Mystery
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Roger O. Thornhill
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
Eve Kendall
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint
Phillip Vandamm
James Mason
James Mason
The Professor
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll
Leonard
Martin Landau
Martin Landau
Valerian
Adam Williams
Adam Williams
Clara Thornhill
Jessie Royce Landis
Jessie Royce Landis
Maggie - Thornhill's Secretary
Doreen Lang
Doreen Lang
Vandamm's Sister aka Mrs. Townsend
Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hutchinson
Lester Townsend
Philip Ober
Philip Ober
Dr. Cross
Philip Coolidge
Philip Coolidge
Victor Larrabee
Edward Platt
Edward Platt
Licht
Robert Ellenstein
Robert Ellenstein
Auctioneer
Les Tremayne
Les Tremayne
Sergeant Flamm
Patrick McVey
Patrick McVey
Captain Junket
Edward Binns
Edward Binns
Charley - Chicago Policeman
Ken Lynch
Ken Lynch
Hotel maid Elsie
Maudie Prickett
Maudie Prickett
Ticket seller
Ned Glass
Ned Glass
Man waiting for bus
Malcolm Atterbury
Malcolm Atterbury
Plaza Hotel lounge patron
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Lieutenant Harding (uncredited)
Stanley Adams
Stanley Adams
Farmer (uncredited)
Andy Albin
Andy Albin
Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson
Ernest Anderson
State Police Detective (uncredited)
Tol Avery
Tol Avery
Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
Baynes Barron
Baynes Barron
Man at Auction (uncredited)
Brandon Beach
Brandon Beach
Sergeant Emile Klinger (uncredited)
John Beradino
John Beradino
Man at Auction (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers
Steve Carruthers
Shaving Man (uncredited)
Taggart Casey
Taggart Casey
Shaving Man (uncredited)
Bill Catching
Bill Catching
Auction Attendant (uncredited)
Bill Catching
Bill Catching
U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Walter Coy
Walter Coy
Taxi Driver #1 (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross
Jimmy Cross
Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutts
Train Steward (uncredited)
Jack Daly
Jack Daly
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
John Damler
John Damler
U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin
Lawrence Dobkin
Eddie - Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell
Tommy Farrell
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax
Jesslyn Fax
Bald Bidder (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer
Adolph Faylauer
Second United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Sally Fraser
Sally Fraser
Lieutenant Hagerman (uncredited)
Paul Genge
Paul Genge
Man at Auction (uncredited)
James Gonzalez
James Gonzalez
Silent State Police Detective (uncredited)
Tom Greenway
Tom Greenway
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Robert Haines
Robert Haines
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes
Stuart Holmes
Security Guard at Auction (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson
Eugene Jackson
Waiter (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson
Bobby Johnson
Man Leaving Office Building (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp
Kenner G. Kemp
Mrs. Finlay (uncredited)
Madge Kennedy
Madge Kennedy
Man at Auction (uncredited)
Colin Kenny
Colin Kenny
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness
Carl M. Leviness
Judge Anson B. Flynn (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood
Alexander Lockwood
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe
Frank Marlowe
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Thomas Martin
Thomas Martin
Plaza Valet (uncredited)
James McCallion
James McCallion
Attendant (uncredited)
Maura McGiveney
Maura McGiveney
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire
Carl Milletaire
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Hans Moebus
Hans Moebus
Conductor on Twentieth Century, Ltd. (uncredited)
Howard Negley
Howard Negley
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady
Monty O'Grady
Bellhop (uncredited)
Ralph Reed
Ralph Reed
Train Passenger (uncredited)
John Roy
John Roy
Hotel Lounge Patron / Man at Mt. Rushmore Cafeteria (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Jeffrey Sayre
Man at Auction (uncredited)
Scott Seaton
Scott Seaton
Victor - Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Harry Seymour
Harry Seymour
Larry Wade (uncredited)
Robert Shayne
Robert Shayne
Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Jeremy Slate
Jeremy Slate
Assistant Auctioneer (uncredited)
Olan Soule
Olan Soule
Bidder (uncredited)
Helen Spring
Helen Spring
Stockbroker (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens
Harvey Stephens
Assistant Conductor (uncredited)
Harry Strang
Harry Strang
Man at Auction (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey
Arthur Tovey
Ranger (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel
Dale Van Sickel
Herman Weitner (uncredited)
Frank Wilcox
Frank Wilcox
Minor Role (uncredited)
Lloyd Williams
Lloyd Williams
Patrolman Waggoner (uncredited)
Robert Williams
Robert Williams
Woman at Auction (uncredited)
Paula Winslowe
Paula Winslowe
Photographer at United Nations (uncredited)
Wilson Wood
Wilson Wood
Fanning Nelson (uncredited)
Carleton Young
Carleton Young
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone
Dick Johnstone
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Bert Stevens
Worker (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo
Cosmo Sardo
Worker (uncredited)
Don Anderson
Don Anderson
Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois
Alphonso DuBois
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Len Hendry
Len Hendry
Menacing housekeeper
Nora Marlowe
Nora Marlowe
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Author
Ernest Lehman
Ernest Lehman
Producer
Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
Herbert Coleman
Herbert Coleman
Original Music Composer
Bernard Herrmann
Bernard Herrmann
Director of Photography
Robert Burks
Robert Burks
Editor
George Tomasini
George Tomasini
Casting
Leonard Murphy
Leonard Murphy
Production Design
Robert F. Boyle
Robert F. Boyle
Sound Designer
Van Allen James
Van Allen James
Stunt Double
Sol Gorss
Sol Gorss
Best Boy Electric
Bud McNeil
Bud McNeil
Gaffer
Bill Shaw
Bill Shaw
Screenplay
Ernest Lehman
Ernest Lehman
Art Direction
William A. Horning
William A. Horning
Art Direction
Merrill Pye
Merrill Pye
Recording Supervision
Franklin Milton
Franklin Milton
Special Effects
A. Arnold Gillespie
A. Arnold Gillespie
Special Effects
Lee LeBlanc
Lee LeBlanc
Hairstylist
Sydney Guilaroff
Sydney Guilaroff
Set Decoration
Henry Grace
Henry Grace
Set Decoration
Frank R. McKelvy
Frank R. McKelvy
Makeup Artist
William Tuttle
William Tuttle
Unit Manager
Ruby Rosenberg
Ruby Rosenberg
Assistant Director
Mickey McCardle
Mickey McCardle
Other
Mentor Huebner
Mentor Huebner
Boom Operator
Tom Overton
Tom Overton
Special Effects
Doug Hubbard
Doug Hubbard
Camera Operator
Cliff Shirpser
Cliff Shirpser
Visual Effects
Matthew Yuricich
Matthew Yuricich
Stunt Coordinator
Paul Stader
Paul Stader
Color Timer
Charles K. Hagedon
Charles K. Hagedon
Assistant Editor
Edward K. Milkis
Edward K. Milkis
Title Graphics
Saul Bass
Saul Bass
Camera Operator
James V. King
James V. King

DanDare

North by Northwest is famous for its famous action sequences such as hanging on Mount Rushmore and the crop duster plane scene. Essentially it is a film of mistaken identity as advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for George Kaplan by some bad guys in league with a foreign power presumably Russian. The trouble is Kaplan is a made up operative created by the CIA to flush out the film's villain, the urbane but deadly Vandamm (James Mason) and his cronies such as the fey henchman Leonard (Martin Landau) who are out to get Thornhill. Thornhill in order to prove his innocence must evade capture from the bad guys and also the police as he is wanted by everyone. Only a beautiful blonde Eve (Eva-Marie Saint) aids him in this cross country chase but she is more than an innocent bystander as she might be in league with Vandamm. This is an escapist action film that mixes tension with some comedy and Grant was always adept with light comedy. The film is overlong, it just feels 15 minutes too long and the villains motives seems to be rather cloudy.

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