Not Rated | | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller
A hapless New York City 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.
In the simple, cut-away shot of Thornhill of the front page of a newspaper, Sir Alfred Hitchcock included two in-jokes. The photo of Roger Thornhill is above, or North, of a news story about a "blaze in the NorthWest". Just for some added smiles, ... ...
That wasn't very sporting, using real bullets.
When escaping from the two thugs at the Plaza, Roger jumps into a two-toned yellow and white 1958 Ford cab. The cab pulling up behind him is also a 1958 yellow and white Ford. When the two thugs jump into the cab behind him, it is two-toned red and white. When Roger arrives at the UN, he is in a two-toned yellow and white 1957 Ford cab. When the thugs arrive at the UN behind Roger, their cab is a two-toned orange and white 1957 Ford. But when they get out of it, the cab is again two-toned red and white. When the cab pulls off behind them, it is back to orange and white.
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!
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.
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