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An advertising executive is mistaken for a spy and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
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Hitchcock's first thriller for MGM in which a businessman is mistaken for a spy. He is pursued by enemy agents because he knows too much. Includes the original theatrical trailer. Please click on the title for more information.
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- Rather than shooting in a South Dakota wood, Alfred Hitchcock planted 100 pine trees on an MGM soundstage.
- George A. Romero watched the train station scene being shot at New York City's Grand Central Station.
- While the film was in pre-production, Alfred Hitchcock jokingly said that the film was to be called, "The Man in Lincoln's Nose", which was a reference to the finale at Mount Rushmore.
- Cary Grant appears on the left side of the screen for almost the entire movie.
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North by Northwest Awards
Academy Award Nominations: 3
- 1959: Art Direction - William A. Horning Robert F. Boyle Merrill Pye Henry Grace Frank R. McKelvy
- 1959: Film Editing - George Tomasini
- 1959: Writing (Story and Screenplay written directly for the screen) - Ernest Lehman