North by Northwest

Cast

  • Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill
  • Eva Marie Saint as Eve Kendall
  • James Mason as Phillip Vandamm
  • Jessie Royce Landis as Clara Thornhill
  • Leo G. Carroll as The Professor
  • Josephine Hutchinson as "Mrs. Townsend"
  • Philip Ober as Lester Townsend
  • Martin Landau as Leonard
  • Adam Williams as Valerian
  • Edward Platt as Victor Larrabee
  • Robert Ellenstein as Licht
  • Les Tremayne as Auctioneer
  • Philip Coolidge as Dr. Cross
  • Patrick McVey as Sergeant Flamm
  • Edward Binns as Captain Junket
  • Ken Lynch as Charlie

Uncredited cast

  • Maudie Prickett as Elsie the Maid
  • Malcolm Atterbury as Man at the crossroads[8]
  • Tol Avery as State Police Detective
  • John Beradino as Sergeant Emile Klinger[9]
  • Ned Glass as Ticket Seller
  • Doreen Lang as Maggie, Roger's Secretary
  • Nora Marlowe as Anna
  • Ralph Reed as Bellboy
  • Frank Wilcox as Herman Weitner
  • Sara Berner as Telephone Operator (voice)

Hitchcock's cameo appearances are a signature occurrence in most of his films. In North by Northwest, he is seen getting a bus door slammed in his face, just as his credit is appearing on the screen.[10] There has been some speculation as to whether he made one of his rare second appearances, this time at around the 44-minute mark in drag as a woman in a turquoise dress on the train.[11] In fact, that woman was played by actress Jesslyn Fax, who went on to appear in many episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She had previously appeared in Rear Window.

MGM wanted Cyd Charisse for the role played by Eva Marie Saint. Hitchcock stood by his choice.[12]


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