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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.
Ernest Lehman knew he wanted his hero to be an innocent man, possibly a sports announcer, a newspaperman, an advertising executive, or even a Frank Sinatra-type entertainer, but he couldn't figure out how the hero gets into trouble. Alfred Hitchcock ended his dilemma by recalling a story ... ...
What's wrong with men like me?
Eve Kendall: They don't believe in marriage.
Roger Thornhill: I've been married twice.
Eve Kendall: See what I mean?
Early on in the film, during the nighttime drunk driving sequence, the process photography backgrounds for the shots of Cary Grant filmed full-face while driving should be showing scenery (the twists of the road, trees, etc.) receding into darkness. Instead, the receding backgrounds have been filmed as if illuminated by a high-candlepower white spotlight, which lights up the receding scenery, even the tops of receding trees, before they vanish into darkness. The path of the spotlight cannot be accounted for by the headlights of cars in the opposing lane of traffic, since the light is angled upward too far, and is visible even when no opposing cars pass Grant's car. The only light behind Grant's car at night should be the dim red light thrown by the car's tail-lights.
Right after his credit as director during the opening credits, Alfred Hitchcock is running toward the door of the city bus just as it slams shut on him!
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