Approved | | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.
William Holden was suggested to play Roger Thornhill, but was never actually offered the part.
If you accept the belief that a high Trendex automatically means a rising sales curve...
Eddie: Mr. Thornhill?
When Roger drives away from the crop duster attack, he goes the wrong way, toward Indianapolis. This is easily tracked by the location of the corn field, which is on the northbound side of the road (where traffic heads toward Chicago). Roger got off the bus on the other side of the road, and that's where the truck stops when the plane crashes into it. Roger steals the truck from the northbound side, does a U-turn into the southbound lane, and off he goes toward Indianapolis. In the next scene, he's managed to find his way to Chicago.
The Leo the Lion/MGM trademark preceding the credits is on a green field, to match the green field used in the credits proper.
The print originally had an acknowledgement for the cooperation of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. But they requested it be removed after MGM violated the agreement that no violence would take place near the Mt. Rushmore monument. Some prints, however, were released with the acknowledgement still in.