History Film / NorthByNorthwest

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* HeroesGoneFishing: Before being kidnapped by Valerian and Licht at the Plaza, Thornhill had plans to attend a performance at the Wintergarden Theatre. He is a little annoyed he doesn't make it there.


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* VillainsOutShopping: Subverted. Vandamm and his men (plus Eve) attend the art auction in Chicago, [[spoiler:but only so they can get hold of the statue they intend to hide microfilm in.]]
24th Apr '17 7:10:14 AM Mdumas43073
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* CoolHouse: Vandamm's Frank Lloyd Wright-style abode in South Dakota.

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* CoolHouse: Vandamm's Frank Lloyd Wright-style abode in South Dakota.on Mount Rushmore.
27th Mar '17 2:37:29 AM axle-k89
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* InsultBackfire: During the action scene, Thornhill points out that a painting being auctioned looks like a fake. A woman sitting near him says, "You're no fake. You're a genuine idiot." Thornhill simply says, "Thank you."


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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Leonard gets shot by a sniper and falls over the edge of Mount Rushmore when he tries to cause Thornhill and Eve to fall off by stepping on Thornhill's fingers.]]


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Thornhill does this during the auction scene to make himself look like an idiot, causing the police to be called and escort him past Vandamm's goons covering the exits.
16th Feb '17 9:08:55 PM jamespolk
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The film begins with New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Creator/CaryGrant) being abducted by [[EvilMinions enemy agents]] working for the master foreign spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason), who is currently masquerading as the diplomat Lester Townsend. Vandamm believes Roger to be an American spy, George Kaplan, who has been tailing Vandamm. When Roger insists he is not the spy, Vandamm orders him killed. His henchmen, led by the sinister Leonard (Martin Landau), decide to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage a fatal accident]] by pouring a bottle of bourbon down Roger's throat and then placing him at the wheel of a stolen car on a cliffside road.

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The film begins with New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Creator/CaryGrant) being abducted by [[EvilMinions enemy agents]] working for the master foreign spy Phillip Vandamm (James Mason), (Creator/JamesMason), who is currently masquerading as the diplomat Lester Townsend. Vandamm believes Roger to be an American spy, George Kaplan, who has been tailing Vandamm. When Roger insists he is not the spy, Vandamm orders him killed. His henchmen, led by the sinister Leonard (Martin Landau), decide to [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident stage a fatal accident]] by pouring a bottle of bourbon down Roger's throat and then placing him at the wheel of a stolen car on a cliffside road.
23rd Jan '17 11:04:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActionSurvivor: Roger.

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* ActionSurvivor: Roger. One poorly-timed summon at a restaurant and he's thrust into a life-threatening conspiracy involving ColdWar espionage.



* ArchEnemy: Phillip Vandamm to Roger O Thornhill.



* ArtisticLicenseGeography:
** Roger is seen driving on a treacherous, winding coastal road along cliffs several hundred feet high... in Long Island, New York! While there are some small cliffs in parts of Long Island, there is no scenery or road there anywhere approaching the type of landscape he was driving in, which was clearly modeled after the California coast.
** Though in another scene the movie got it right: when Roger and his secretary are riding in a taxi from his Madison Avenue office to the Plaza Hotel, the view through the taxi's back window is the actual route a vehicle would take between the two locations.



* {{Auction}}: Roger makes a public nuisance of himself at an art auction (claiming that the paintings were fake, bidding 12 dollars when the highest preceding bid was 1000, etc.) so that the police would arrest him, thus keeping Vandamm from getting his hands on him. It was later revealed that Vandamm used the auction house as a cover to smuggle microfilm out of the country.



* BigBad: Vandamm.

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* BigBad: Phillip Vandamm.



* CasualDangerDialog: At the climax, Roger and Eve engage in witty banter while dangling by their fingertips from Mt. Rushmore.



* ClearMyName: Roger sets out to do this when he's accused of murder. This is a Hitchcock film, after all.



* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The climax takes place on the front of Mt. Rushmore. If you look very carefully in the moments in which you can see the full monument, you can see the blue-tinted line.



* CrashIntoHello: Roger and Eve meet this way on the train. [[spoiler:Turns out this was all part of the plan]].



* CurvesInAllTheRightPlaces:
-->'''Eve''': I'm a big girl.\\
'''Roger''': Yeah, and in all the right places, too.



* DoubleMeaningTitle: As well as the ''Hamlet'' reference, it's also about how the protagonist has to go north on Northwest Airlines.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Eve. When Roger first meets her, she seems to be merely a smart and coy civilian woman who is not involved in Roger's whole mess and simply helps him out because she's attracted to him. Then we find out that she's actually working for Vandamm and is even his mistress. And ''then'' we find out that she's really working for the government and is actually TheMole in Vandamm's entourage]].



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Eve. When Roger first meets her, she seems to be merely a smart and coy civilian woman who is not involved in Roger's whole mess and simply helps him out because she's attracted to him. Then we find out that she's actually working for Vandamm and is even his mistress. And ''then'' we find out that she's really working for the government and is actually TheMole in Vandamm's entourage]].

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: [[spoiler:Eve. When DrivingADesk: Used seamlessly in the crop-duster scene.
* DrunkDriver: The bad guys force-feed
Roger first meets her, she seems a quart of whiskey and put him behind the wheel of a car, sending him on his way. He somehow manages to avoid killing himself or anyone else, but gets thrown in jail. His mother and lawyer bail him out, taking these events to be merely his usual carousing hijinks over his frustrated explanation.
* ElevatorEscape: Roger needs to flee
a smart hotel before the villain's goons come for him, and coy civilian woman he reaches the elevator going down - just as they get out of the next elevator, and promptly follow him in. Roger has his mother in tow, who refuses to believe he's in any danger.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Roger Thornhill's middle initial
is not involved in Roger's whole mess and simply helps O, making his initials R.O.T. Doesn't stop him out because she's attracted to him. Then we find out that she's actually working for Vandamm and is even from having his mistress. And ''then'' we find out that she's really working for the government and matchbooks monogrammed, though. This is actually TheMole in Vandamm's entourage]].a subversion, as Roger explains that the O doesn't stand for anything, he just added it so it looked like he had a middle name.



* EvilBrit: Vandamm.
* EvilMinions: Valerian, Licht, "Mrs. Townshend", etc.



* EvilBrit: Vandamm.
* EvilMinions: Valerian, Licht, "Mrs. Townshend", etc.



* FailingATaxi: The film begins in New York City - a man hails a cab, and Roger cuts in with his secretary, claiming she's pregnant, and takes it. She chides Roger, who assures her his lie let the guy think he was doing them a favor.



** [[spoiler:FemmeFataleSpy: Doubly so once it's revealed she's the ReverseMole working for the United States government]].



* GambitRoulette: Roger is abducted and nearly killed by someone pretending to be Townsend, whom Roger later learns is a UN diplomat. After narrowly surviving the attempt on his life, Roger visits the UN General Assembly building to confront Townsend. Townsend turns out to be someone he has never seen before, and shortly after Roger arrives, is killed by one of the men who tried to kill Roger. Roger was manipulated into meeting Townsend so that Townsend's enemies could kill him in a way that would look like Roger was responsible. But how did they know Roger would seek Townsend out? And if they needed Roger as a patsy, why try to kill him? And how did they know the attempt to kill Roger would fail?
* {{Gayngster}}: Leonard, though this being the 1950s, it's only implied.



* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: Eve was supposed to seduce Thornhill for the explicit purpose of leading him to his death in a cornfield. It doesn't work.



* HandStomp / HangingByTheFingers: The climax sees Roger holding onto the edge of a cliff while attempting to help up Eve. Then Leonard appears. When Roger asks him for help, Leonard decides to step on his fingers and get them to fall. Although he is later shot by a sniper in the distance.
* HaveAGayOldTime: During the scene where Vandamm meets with Thornhill at the Mount Rushmore cafeteria:
-->'''Vandamm''': And now, what little drama are we here for today? I really don't for a moment believe that you've invited me to these gay surroundings to come to a business arrangement.



* HighHeelFaceTurn: Eve, [[spoiler:although it turns out that she was a ReverseMole all along]].



* IfWeSurviveThis: Roger promises Eve that if they survive the final confrontation on Mount Rushmore, they'd go back to New York on the train.



* ImpairmentShot: Roger is force-fed a bottle of whiskey and put behind the wheel of a car - as he makes a getaway we see the road from his seeing-double perspective, curving and going straight at the same time.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: This exchange:
-->'''Vandamm''': It seems to me you fellows could stand a little less training from the FBI and a little more from the Actors Studio.
-->'''Roger''': Apparently, the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.
-->'''Vandamm''': Your very next role. You'll be quite convincing, I assure you.



* InventedIndividual: George Kaplan.

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* InventedIndividual: George Kaplan.Kaplan is a phony agent who attracts attention away from real operatives.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: When Vandamm wallops Leonard, he has to reset his knuckles before continuing.



* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Happens; Vandamm's housekeeper holds Roger at bay with a gun she's picked up. Unfortunately for her, it's the same gun Eve used to fake shooting him earlier; it's only loaded with blanks, and he knows it.



* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: The villains have a house on Mount Rushmore's peak.



* LostInACrowd: As his train arrives in Chicago, Roger evades detection by the waiting police by dressing as a redcap (railroad baggage handler) - by the time the police find the real redcap onboard without his uniform (which Roger paid him for), Roger has disappeared into a sea of redcaps.
* LostInTheMaize: The crop-duster attack takes place in and around a cornfield.



* MistakenForMurderer: Valerian tries to kill Thornhill with a knife in the United Nations, but it hits the real Townsend and Thornhill makes the mistake of picking up the knife in front of the crowd, making it appear he is the perpetrator.

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* MissedTheBus: In his cameo, Hitchcock narrowly misses his bus.
* MistakenForBadass /
MistakenForMurderer: Valerian tries to kill Thornhill with a knife in the United Nations, but it hits the real Townsend and Thornhill makes the mistake of picking up the knife in front of the crowd, making it appear he is the perpetrator.



* TheMountainsOfIllinois: The film features a treacherous drunken car chase along the Cliffs of Glen Cove, played in this picture by the cliffs of the California coastline. The north shore of Long Island is rocky, but not THAT rocky. Also, the cropduster attack scene was filmed near Bakersfield, California, not in the middle of an Indiana cornfield, although the appropriate highway signs were transplanted. Indiana doesn't look as dry as it does in the movie, even during droughts.



* MumLooksLikeASister: Creator/CaryGrant was 55 years-old at the time. Jessie Royce Landis, who played his mother, was 63 years-old, meaning she would have to have given birth when she was 8 years old.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Roger O Thornhill. Turns out the O doesn't stand for anything.



* OrbitalKiss: Played with. The train car in which Roger and Eve perform their first kiss proved too small to allow a cameraman to rotate around them, so the actors turned around while kissing.



* RevealingHug: Roger is on the lam, meets Eve on a train, they get on very well... as he holds her we see her cool, calculating face, having slipped a note to his pursuers in the next compartment.



* SexFaceTurn: Eve, [[spoiler:although technically since she was a mole all along she never really loved her crime boss partner in the first place]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: The film ends with a shot of a train entering a tunnel as Roger and Eve are about to make love. Knowing Hitchcock's sense of humour, this was deliberate.
* SingleMaltVision: Played disconcertingly straight - after Roger is force-fed a quart of whiskey and put behind the wheel of a car, he's trying to escape his pursuers, and seeing the road before him go two different directions.



* ShoutOut: Seeing Vandamm and Leonard together with Eve at the Chicago art auction leads Thornhill to comment, "The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Creator/CharlesAddams could draw."

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Seeing Vandamm and Leonard together with Eve at the Chicago art auction leads Thornhill to comment, "The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Creator/CharlesAddams could draw."



* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The crop duster attacking Thornhill.

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* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The crop duster attacking Thornhill.Thornhill, though in this case, it's not an attack plane but a regular plane with a passenger wielding a gun



* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Roger hides out in Eve's room on a train ride to Chicago. As they make out passionately he observes there's only one bed, asking if she knows what that means. She knows - he's sleeping on the floor.



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%% * TraitorShot TraitorShot: The film contains one of the more complicated uses of this trope. It's true that Eve is working for the villain, [[spoiler:but she turns out to be a double agent who is actually working for the US government, and she tries to balance betraying Roger with keeping him safe]].


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* {{Unishment}}: Roger causes an uproar in the midst of an auction by placing outlandish bids and getting confrontational with anyone who outbids him. Eventually, security is called to escort him out of the building which is exactly what he wanted, since there were two men in the room who were planning to kill him.


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* VehicularAssault: Roger gets strafed by a cropduster. The attack ends when Thornhill gets the plane to crash into a gasoline tanker.
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** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie called and escort him out.

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** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie police called and escort him out.
16th Dec '16 3:06:56 AM axle-k89
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* BadassOnPaper: Thornhill is just an ordinary Madison Avenue executive, yet over the course of the film, he manages to survive three attempts made on his life, causes the death of one of the perpetrators and [[spoiler:manages to save Eve from certain death]].



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Valerian and Leonard (although Leonard was already dead from the bullet).]]

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Valerian and Leonard (although Leonard was already dead from the bullet). Also, when Leonard tells Vandamm that Eve is revealed to be a ReverseMole, Vandamm tells him they will kill her by pushing her out of the plane when it's flying over water. Thankfully, Eve never makes it to the plane.]]



* IdiotBall: Not once, but ''twice'' the villains choose an overly elaborate method to try and kill Thornhill, from which he is easily able to escape: first by getting him drunk and putting him behind the wheel of a car so that he'll drive into the ocean and it'll look like an accident, and the second being the entire scene with the crop duster. Hitchcock did acknowledge that the crop-duster scene is needlessly complex, but pointed out that no one thinks that [[FridgeLogic while they're actually in the cinema]].

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* IdiotBall: HeroStoleMyBike: After the crop-duster crashes, Thornhill steals the truck of a passer-by to get back to Chicago.
* IdiotBall:
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Not once, but ''twice'' the villains choose an overly elaborate method to try and kill Thornhill, from which he is easily able to escape: first by getting him drunk and putting him behind the wheel of a car so that he'll drive into the ocean and it'll look like an accident, and the second being the entire scene with the crop duster. Hitchcock did acknowledge that the crop-duster scene is needlessly complex, but pointed out that no one thinks that [[FridgeLogic while they're actually in the cinema]].cinema]].
** When Valerian kills Townsend with the knife, Thornhill grabs it, making it appear as if he is the murderer. Now he has the police to worry about.
** Also defied, as when he calls his mother after that, he says taking the train is safer than taking a plane as if someone was looking for him, it would be easier to hide on a train.



* INeedToGoIronMyDog: [[spoiler:When Thornhill warns Eve that Vandamm and Leonard know of her duplicity, she tells them she left her earrings in her room and goes up there, where Thornhill tells her the statue Vandamm bought at the art auction has microfilm inside it, something she didn't previously know.]]



* MistakenForMurderer: Valerian tries to kill Thornhill with a knife in the United Nations, but it hits the real Townsend and Thornhill makes the mistake of picking up the knife in front of the crowd, making it appear he is the perpetrator.



* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Eve is made out to be Vandamm's mistress, but she's working for the government.]]



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Subverted twice when Thornhill makes an unsuccessful escape attempt. The first time, after Valerian and Licht escort him to the car, he goes for the door, only to find it locked. He tries again at Townsend's estate, only to find Valerian blocking the doorway.
** Double-subverted in the auction scene, where he tries to leave and finds the exits covered, so he makes an idiot of himself to get the polcie called and escort him out.
** [[spoiler:Eve at the end does this when the gunshot rings out and she uses the distraction to snatch the statue from Vandamm and run.]]



* SharpDressedMan: Thornhill dresses in the same grey suit for much of the film, only changing his attire near the end after being provided with fresh clothes.
** Likewise, Vandamm, Valerian, Licht and Leonard are always dressed in suits.

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* SharpDressedMan: Thornhill dresses in the same grey suit for much of the film, only changing his attire near the end after being provided with fresh clothes. \n** Likewise, Vandamm, Valerian, Leonard, Valerian and Licht and Leonard are always dressed also all dress in suits.
7th Dec '16 5:12:25 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The entire crop duster scene was supposedly set in Indiana southeast of Chicago, but actually filmed near Bakersfield, California because it's cheaper to film in California than take all the crew and equipment to Indiana.
** The California coastline stands in for that of Glen Cove, New York, where Thornhill was originally to meet his fate. The north shore of Long Island is rocky, but not THAT rocky.
** Vandamm's house behind Mount Rushmore. Anyone who's been to Mount Rushmore knows there aren't any houses within several miles. Not to mention the topography is all wrong. It does make for a good climax, however.
2nd Nov '16 5:11:05 PM dmcreif
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* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Conveniently, a photographer is present to take an incriminating photo at the exact moment the victim falls on Cary Grant; not getting what's happening, he pulls the knife out of the victim's back. The look on Grant's face doesn't help, either. Then his guilty-looking mug is plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the USA!

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* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: Conveniently, a photographer is present to take an incriminating photo at the exact moment the victim falls on Cary Grant; Thornhill not getting what's happening, he pulls the knife out of the victim's back. The look on Grant's Roger's face doesn't help, either. Then his guilty-looking mug is plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the USA! country.
2nd Nov '16 2:26:28 PM BewilderedZeal
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* CreepyBlueEyes: Leonard.
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