Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller, North by Northwest is a movie about an advertising executive who gets caught up in the world of spies. A case of mistaken identity early in the movie sets Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) and the audience up for a thrilling journey across America.
In this curation (and in the podcast), we examine things beyond just the scope of the movie, and its interrelationship with other movies and events:
- A crafty, yet charming villain, much like Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill
- Suspense on a train
- How the henchmen put Thornhill in the car which foretells a scene in James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
- An unknown criminal organization – Can you say Spectre or Quantum?
- Stars from the television shows “Get Smart” and Man From U.N.C.L.E. are the good guys in this movie year’s before their tv spy-dom
- A joke that is told is based on an old vaudeville routine and first showed up on film in the 1945 movie Ziegfeld Follies
- Airplanes trying to run the hero down, a la James Bond in From Russia With Love
- And many others
- Podcast: North by Northwest – Part 1