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North by Northwest (MGM 1959, Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint)



North by Northwest is one of Hitchcock’s greatest, with suspense, action, and comedy in one non-stop motion picture. In one of his patented ordinary-man-in-exceptional-circumstances plots, advertising executive Grant gets kidnapped from a business engagement and winds up in a baffling, twisting battle with enemy agents and on the run from both police and the agents.

This technically superb film yielded some of Hitchcock’s best-known images: the crop duster bearing down on Grant in a remote cornfield, Grant and Saint dangling from Mt. Rushmore, Saint’s frank seduction of Grant on a train. Essential viewing. The laserdisc includes an audio commentary by Frank Danielle, dean of USC Film School, with special screenplay analysis.

Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best (Original) Screenplay.

production details
USA | MGM | 136 minutes | 1959

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Editor: George Tomasini
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Script: Ernest Lehman
Production Design: William A. Horning
Art Direction: Merrill Pye

Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill
Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall
James Mason as Phillip Vandamm
Martin Landau as Leonard
Leo G. Carroll as The Professor
Adam Williams as Valerian
Jessie Royce Landis as Clara Thornhill
Doreen Lang as Maggie – Thornhill’s Secretary
Josephine Hutchinson as Vandamm’s Sister aka Mrs. Townsend
Philip Ober as Lester Townsend
Philip Coolidge as Dr. Cross
Edward Platt as Victor Larrabee
Robert Ellenstein as Licht
Les Tremayne as Auctioneer
Patrick McVey as Sergeant Flamm
Edward Binns as Captain Junket
Ken Lynch as Charley – Chicago Policeman
Maudie Prickett as Hotel maid Elsie
Ned Glass as Ticket seller
Malcolm Atterbury as Man waiting for bus
Bess Flowers as Plaza Hotel lounge patron
Stanley Adams as Lieutenant Harding (uncredited)
Andy Albin as Farmer (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson as Porter on Twentieth Century Ltd. (uncredited)
Tol Avery as State Police Detective (uncredited)
Baynes Barron as Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
Brandon Beach as Man at Auction (uncredited)
John Beradino as Sergeant Emile Klinger (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers as Man at Auction (uncredited)
Taggart Casey as Shaving Man (uncredited)
Bill Catching as Auction Attendant (uncredited)
Walter Coy as U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross as Taxi Driver #1 (uncredited)
Patricia Cutts as Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Jack Daly as Train Steward (uncredited)
John Damler as Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin as U.S. Intelligence Agency Official (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell as Eddie – Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Jesslyn Fax as Minor Role (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer as Bald Bidder (uncredited)
Sally Fraser as Second United Nations Receptionist (uncredited)
Paul Genge as Lieutenant Hagerman (uncredited)
James Gonzalez as Man at Auction (uncredited)
Tom Greenway as Silent State Police Detective (uncredited)
Robert Haines as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Stuart Hall as Train Passenger (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock as Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes as Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson as Security Guard at Auction (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson as Waiter (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp as Man Leaving Office Building (uncredited)
Madge Kennedy as Mrs. Finlay (uncredited)
Colin Kenny as Man at Auction (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood as Judge Anson B. Flynn (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Thomas Martin as Train Passenger (uncredited)
James McCallion as Plaza Valet (uncredited)
Maura McGiveney as Attendant (uncredited)
Carl Milletaire as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Hans Moebus as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Howard Negley as Conductor on Twentieth Century, Ltd. (uncredited)
Monty O’Grady as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Ralph Reed as Bellhop (uncredited)
John Roy as Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre as Hotel Lounge Patron / Man at Mt. Rushmore Cafeteria (uncredited)
Scott Seaton as Man at Auction (uncredited)
Harry Seymour as Victor – Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Robert Shayne as Larry Wade (uncredited)
Jeremy Slate as Policeman at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Olan Soule as Assistant Auctioneer (uncredited)
Helen Spring as Bidder (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens as Stockbroker (uncredited)
Harry Strang as Assistant Conductor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey as Man at Auction (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel as Ranger (uncredited)
Frank Wilcox as Herman Weitner (uncredited)
Lloyd Williams as Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Williams as Patrolman Waggoner (uncredited)
Paula Winslowe as Woman at Auction (uncredited)
Wilson Wood as Photographer at United Nations (uncredited)
Carleton Young as Fanning Nelson (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Stevens as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo as Worker (uncredited)
Don Anderson as Worker (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois as Man at United Nations Building (uncredited)
Len Hendry as Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe as Menacing housekeeper