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.
MGM hired Ernest Lehman to write the movie version of a novel called The Wreck of the Mary Deare, with Sir Alfred Hitchcock assigned to direct. But Lehman got stuck on the adaptation and told Hitchcock he needed to find a new writer. Hitchcock, who liked working with Lehman, said, "I have this other idea." He'd been working on a story where a man is mistaken for a spy (who turns out not to exist), and about doing a chase sequence across Mount Rushmore. Hitchcock and Lehman developed the movie from there, but neglected to tell MGM that they'd changed courses. When the studio bosses found out, they wisely let Hitchcock and Lehman do their own thing and reassigned The Wreck of the Mary Deare.
Say, do I look heavyish to you?
When Thornhill runs out of the corn field dust covers his shoulders. There is no dust when he falls under the truck.
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.