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.
Screenwriter 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. Sir Alfred Hitchcock ended his dilemma by recalling a story idea a New York City newspaperman had once given him at a cocktail party, an idea about some government agency creating a non-existent decoy agent to throw the villains off the trail of a real government agent. It did not take Lehman and Hitchcock long to concoct a similar phantom agent for their plot purposes.
How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?
Eve Kendall: Lucky, I guess.
When Roger Thornhill leaves Chicago for that rendezvous with the machine-gunning crop-duster, he is shown standing on a Highway 41; which would be the correct number. However, it is designated on the highway sign as "Indiana Route 41". In reality Route 41 is a U.S. Highway Route and is identified so with the white shield emblem with black letters.
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.
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