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20th Sep '17 10:57:43 AM JulianLapostat
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* SupportingProtagonist: [[spoiler:Eve Kendall is the true spy hero of the film. It was on her behalf and for her sake, that the US Government Agency manufactured the George Kaplan identity which got Roger Thornhill involved in her case. She's the one who commits to her mission and decides to steal the microfilm from the bad guys at the end, and the entire plot is mostly driven by her actions]].


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* UndyingLoyalty: [[spoiler:Eve Kendall has this for the US Government. She notes that she was a bored rich {{Socialite}} who was charmed by Vandamm until the Government told her about his shady past and recruited her. She tells Roger in their conversation outside Mount Rushmore, that she saw it as the first time she was doing something worthwhile. She is fully committed to her mission for the greater good and even after her cover is blown on learning the "Pumpkin" has the microfilm, she insists on recovering it first, at the cost of her life if need-be]].
19th Sep '17 8:43:34 AM JulianLapostat
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* BigApplesauce: The story begins in NYC.

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* BigApplesauce: The story begins in NYC.NYC and the first section takes place there: specifically fifth avenue, the UN, Grand Central Station, most of which were done in Hollywood studios, with only few exteriors.



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

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* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Eve is made out to be Vandamm's mistress, but she's working for the government.]] She was originally a {{Socialite}} bogged with RichBoredom and she genuinely did like Vandamm and admitted to falling for him, but then the US Government told her about Vandamm's shadiness and asked her to work as a mole]].
19th Sep '17 12:17:50 AM JulianLapostat
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* UnbuiltTrope: This film was a huge inspiration on many spy films, such as James Bond and ''The Man from UNCLE'' and yet seeing ''North by Northwest'' reveals a lot more original touches:
** Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill is TheEveryman and not a super-spy. Likewise, espionage is generally treated realistically. Eve Kendall [[spoiler:points out that she was a wealthy socialite who knew Vandamm in social occassions and the US Government turned her as a spy for them by largely continuing as his girlfriend and remaining close to him. Most espionage usually happens in social conditions and spies largely pose as civilians. It is the elaborate and baroque plot that really forces characters into action sequences]].
** The film make it clear that a government spy agency, even the "good" guys, really do value the mission and intelligence gathering and they ''will'' be willing to let innocent people die rather than compromise the cover of their mission. [[spoiler:Both the US government and Eve Kendall herself were willing to leave Roger to die by Van Damm's forces to better preserve Eve's cover. The only reason they resort to help Roger at the end, is because he's attracted too much heat and attention, and is phenomenally lucky as an ActionSurvivor]].
** More importantly, Hitchcock and Lehman, denounce the entire profession of espionage and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. [[spoiler:Roger Thornhill's main motivation in the final scene isn't stopping the BigBad, it's rescuing Eve Kendall. Eve is the one who cares about the mission. The BigBad gets captured, TheDragon gets killed by a random sergeant]]:
--> '''Roger Thornhill''': "If you fellows can't lick the Vandamm's of this world without asking girls like her to bed down with them and fly away with them and probably never come back, perhaps you ought to start learning how to lose a few cold wars."
29th Aug '17 7:14:52 PM Kalmbach
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* PoliceAreUseless: Unusually for a Hitchcock film, this is averted. The police save Roger's life twice [[{Unishment} by arresting him]], for drunk driving on Long Island and for disrupting the auction in Chicago. A third time, a man in uniform (not clear if he's a Park Ranger, Sheriff, or State Trooper) shoots Leonard as he's about to make Roger fall from Mount Rushmore.
25th Aug '17 6:48:33 PM nombretomado
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* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: The movie never mentions exactly who Vandamm and his associates are passing government secrets on to, although it's vaguely implied to be [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn some foreign country]]. The line "War is hell, Mr. Thornhill. Even when it's a cold one." is as close as the movie comes to spelling it out.

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* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: The movie never mentions exactly who Vandamm and his associates are passing government secrets on to, although it's vaguely implied to be [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn some foreign country]]. The line "War is hell, Mr. Thornhill. Even when it's a cold one." is as close as the movie comes to spelling it out.
21st Aug '17 2:26:06 PM WillBGood
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** AmbiguouslyBi: Vandamm. "... I think you're jealous. No, I mean it. I'm very touched, very."
27th Jul '17 8:09:36 PM Mdumas43073
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--->'''Roger:''' Apparently, the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.

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--->'''Roger:''' Apparently, the only performance that will satisfy you ''you'' is when I play dead.
16th Jul '17 8:54:22 PM DoctorPretentious
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* ChekhovsGun: A literal one. The gun [[spoiler:Eve]] uses on Thornhill in the diner scene [[spoiler:is first revealed as loaded with blanks after Thornhill is revealed to still be alive. It's later revealed by Leonard to Vandamm to be loaded with blanks. Later on the housemaid uses it on Thornhill, and the blasts from inside the house give Eve the chance to grab the MacGuffin statue and escape with Thornhill]]. Could also count as a Chekhov's Boomerang.

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* ChekhovsGun: A literal one. The gun [[spoiler:Eve]] uses on Thornhill in the diner scene [[spoiler:is first revealed as loaded with blanks after Thornhill is revealed to still be alive. It's later revealed by Leonard to Vandamm to be loaded with blanks. Later on the housemaid uses it on Thornhill, and the blasts from inside the house give Eve the chance to grab the MacGuffin statue and escape with Thornhill]]. Could also count as a Chekhov's Boomerang.ChekhovsBoomerang.
30th Apr '17 7:16:21 AM axle-k89
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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.
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