November 3, 2009
Warner Home Video
A suspense thriller which finds Grant mistaken for a spy by secret agent Mason. Considered by many to be the prototypical "pure" action movie such as the James Bond and Indiana Jones films. The original title was "The Man in Lincoln's Nose." Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best (Original) Screenplay.
Originally called "The Man in Lincoln's Nose," the title "North by Northwest" came from a quote by Hamlet: "I am but mad north-north-west."
Ernest Lehman received the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Screenplay of 1959.
Additional cast: Robert Ellenstein (Licht), Philip Coolidge (Dr. Cross), Patrick McVey (Chicago Policeman), Ken Lynch (Chicago Policeman), Robert B. Williams, and John Berardino.
Shot in studios and on location on Long Island, New York; in Chicago, Rapid City, and South Dakota.
Shot VistaVision; Color by Technicolor.