History Film / NorthByNorthwest

17th Jul '16 1:34:50 AM MasoTey
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* TraitorShot: Provides the trope image.

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%% * TraitorShot: Provides the trope image. TraitorShot
16th Jul '16 2:28:22 PM axle-k89
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* SerialSpouse: Thornhill mentions having two ex-wives at one point.

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* SerialSpouse: Thornhill mentions having two ex-wives at one point.a few times. [[spoiler:At the end, Eve is his third.]]



* TraitorShot

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* TraitorShotTheyDo: [[spoiler:Roger and Eve are husband and wife in the final scene.]]
* TraitorShot: Provides the trope image.
16th Jul '16 2:14:30 PM axle-k89
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* [[RemonstratingWithAGun Remonstrating With a Knife]]: Lester Townsend is surreptitiously stabbed in the back by Valerian as he talks with Thornhill at the UN. As he falls foward, Thornhill catches him, and seeing the knife pulls it out of Townsend's back. Only then does the large crowd around them notice what's happened, and the trope is duly invoked.

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* [[RemonstratingWithAGun Remonstrating With a Knife]]: Lester Townsend is surreptitiously stabbed in the back by Valerian as he talks with Thornhill at the UN. As he falls foward, forward, Thornhill catches him, and seeing the knife pulls it out of Townsend's back. Only then does the large crowd around them notice what's happened, and the trope is duly invoked.
16th Jul '16 2:14:08 PM axle-k89
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* OhCrap: Roger, when he sees the crop-dusting plane bearing down on him.

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* OhCrap: Roger, OhCrap:
** Thornhill after the murder of Lester Townsend and realizing everyone thinks he's done it because he has the murder weapon in his hand.
** Thornhill
when he sees the crop-dusting plane bearing down on him.him. And then again when it looks like the truck he is flagging down is about to run him down.
16th Jul '16 2:11:00 PM axle-k89
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** Roger uses a bathroom as a hiding place three times, two of them during the train sequence.


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** When Roger is having a shower in the Chicago hotel room, he starts whistling Film/SinginInTheRain.
16th Jul '16 2:06:37 PM axle-k89
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* PaperThinDisguise: To try and hide his identity in Grand Central Station, Thornhill dons a pair of sunglasses. The man at the counter is GenreSavvy enough to guess who he is, but Thornhill manages to escape.

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* PaperThinDisguise: To try and hide his identity in Grand Central Station, Terminal, Thornhill dons a pair of sunglasses. The man at the counter is GenreSavvy enough to guess who he is, but Thornhill manages to escape.



* SafetyInMuggles: Thornhill in Grand Central Station after being wrongly suspected of the murder of the real Lester Townsend.

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* SafetyInMuggles: Thornhill in Grand Central Station Terminal after being wrongly suspected of the murder of the real Lester Townsend.Townsend, and again during the auction scene.
16th Jul '16 1:56:54 PM axle-k89
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* BigFancyHouse: Townsend's Long Island estate. Vandamm's Frank Lloyd Wright-esque house on Mount Rushmore counts, too.



* ButtMonkey: Thornhill.

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* ButtMonkey: Thornhill.Thornhill is very much this, thanks to Vandamm (who wants him dead) and the police (who want him arrested).



* TheChase

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* TheChaseTheChase: The film turns into this when Thornhill starts running for his life.



** The Professor, when we first see him, mentions their own agent [[spoiler:who turns out to be Eve]], and how said agent will be endangered if word that Kaplan [[spoiler:doesn't exist]] reaches Vandamm, their life will be compromised. [[spoiler:This does indeed go on to happen later, and in order to protect Eve, Thornhill has to pretend to be Kaplan]].

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** The Professor, when we first see him, mentions their own agent [[spoiler:who turns out to be Eve]], and how said agent will be endangered if word that Kaplan [[spoiler:doesn't exist]] doesn't exist reaches Vandamm, their life will be compromised. [[spoiler:This does indeed go on to happen later, and in order to protect Eve, Thornhill has to pretend to be Kaplan]].



* HeKnowsTooMuch

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* HeKnowsTooMuchHeKnowsTooMuch: Vandamm believes Thornhill is guilty of this trope, believing him to be George Kaplan, despite Thornhill's arguments to the contrary.



* LadyInRed: Eve wears a red dress in the climax of the movie.

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* LadyInRed: Eve wears a red dress in the climax of the movie.movie, and when Thornhill confronts her after the crop-duster sequence.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The enemy spies' first attempt to kill Thornhill plays this straight, where they force him to drink a whole bottle of bourbon, stick him in a car and drive it into the ocean so it appears he killed himself drink-driving.



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: If you listen very closely to the background in the opening scene where Thornhill is sitting in the hotel bar with his associates, you can hear a bellboy announcing there's a page for "George Kaplan." Thornhill puts his hand up for an unrelated reason (he wants to send a telegram), and the spies ''assume he's Kaplan'', answering the page. It's very easy to miss.

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: If you listen very closely to the background in the opening scene where Thornhill is sitting in the hotel bar with his associates, you can hear a bellboy announcing there's a page for "George Kaplan." Thornhill puts his hand up for an unrelated reason (he wants to send a telegram), and the spies ''assume he's Kaplan'', answering the page. It's very easy to miss.miss unless you're looking for it.



* MonumentalBattle

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* MonumentalBattleMonumentalBattle: The end of the film takes place on Mount Rushmore.



* PaperThinDisguise: To try and hide his identity in Grand Central Station, Thornhill dons a pair of sunglasses. The man at the counter is GenreSavvy enough to guess who he is, but Thornhill manages to escape.



* RedShirt: The real Lester Townsend, who only serves to show that the man Thornhill thought was Townsend is not who he thought he was, and to be killed so that Thornhill now has to clear his name of a crime he didn't commit.



* SafetyInMuggles

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* SafetyInMugglesRuleOfThree: Happens a few times.
** First, three attempts are made by the enemy spies on Thornhill's life: getting him drunk by forcing a whole bottle of bourbon down his throat, putting him behind the wheel of a car so that he'll drive into the ocean and it'll look like an accident, a knife is thrown at him but it misses and kills the real Lester Townsend instead, and finally the crop-duster sequence.
** The film takes place in three main locations: New York, Chicago and South Dakota.
** [[spoiler:At the end of the film, Eve has become Thornhill's third wife.]]
* SafetyInMuggles: Thornhill in Grand Central Station after being wrongly suspected of the murder of the real Lester Townsend.



* 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.



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

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



* TakeMyHand

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* TakeMyHandTakeMyHand: The end of the film where Thornhill and Eve are hanging off of Mount Rushmore.
22nd Jun '16 3:01:43 AM MasoTey
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** At the art auction [[spoiler:Thronhill and Vandamm's dialogue foreshadows the events of the diner scene]]:

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** At the art auction [[spoiler:Thronhill [[spoiler:Thornhill and Vandamm's dialogue foreshadows the events of the diner scene]]:



* GrayAndGreyMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the Cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: Vandamm and Leonard are up to no good but the US government is indifferent to the plight of Thornhill, even though his life gets screwed over because of their misinformation campaign. Later, the government even [[spoiler:tells Eve Kendall to sacrifice Thornhill for the greater good, leading Eve to send Roger out to get killed in the Cornfield.cornfield. The government finally decides to step in and save Thornhill but tell him that Eve will be married to Vandamm and serve as TheMole which makes Roger angry telling the government (as an AudienceSurrogate) that if that was their way of fighting the ColdWar, maybe they should ''lose'' it]].



* MischiefForPunishment: Thornhill intentionally gets himself arrested for disorderly conduct to escape the men at the auction who want to kill him.



* {{Unishment}}: Thornhill intentionally gets himself arrested for disorderly conduct to escape the men at the auction who want to kill him.
12th Apr '16 10:18:06 PM Mdumas43073
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--> -- '''Ernest Lehman''', screenwriter

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--> -- -->-- '''Ernest Lehman''', screenwriter
21st Feb '16 10:19:19 AM Mdumas43073
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* BlatantLies: Thornhill's explanation for why the cops are combing the 20th Century Limited for him? Seven unpaid parking tickets.

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* BlatantLies: Thornhill's explanation to Eve for why the cops are combing the 20th ''20th Century Limited Limited'' for him? Seven unpaid parking tickets.



* [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse The Calls Are Coming from Inside the Hotel]]: Thornhill gets a call from the bad guys while casing "Kaplan"'s room at the Plaza. He then finds out from the hotel's switchboard operator that the call came from the lobby.

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* [[TheCallsAreComingFromInsideTheHouse The Calls Are Coming from Inside the Hotel]]: Thornhill gets a call from the bad guys while casing "Kaplan"'s Kaplan's room at the Plaza. He then finds out from the hotel's switchboard operator that the call came from the lobby.



* CoolTrain: The 20th Century Limited.

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* CoolTrain: The 20th ''20th Century Limited.Limited''.
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