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While filming VertigoSir Alfred Hitchcock described some of the plot of this project to frequent Hitchcock leading man and "Vertigo" star James Stewartwho naturally assumed that Hitchcock meant to cast him in the Roger Thornhill role, and was eager to play it. Actually, Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant to play the role. By the time Hitchcock realized the misunderstanding, Stewart was so anxious to play Thornhill that rejecting him would have caused a great deal of disappointment.
So Hitchcock delayed production on this movie until Stewart was already safely committed to filming Otto Preminger 's " Anatomy of a Murder " before "officially" offering him the role in this movie. Stewart had no choice but to turn down the offer, allowing Hitchcock to cast Grant, the actor he had wanted all along. This movie has been referred to as "the first James Bond film" due to its similarities with splashily colorful settings, secret agents, and an elegant, daring, wisecracking leading man opposite a sinister yet strangely charming villain. The crop duster scene inspired the helicopter chase in From Russia with Love While on location at Mt.
Rushmore, Eva Marie Saint discovered that Cary Grant would charge fans fifteen cents for an autograph.
Vandamm remarks in the Rapid City, South Dakota house scene that the plane taking them out of the country should touch down in "ten minutes". It is exactly ten minutes in real-time when they see the plane landing on the landing strip. Cary Grant found the screenplay baffling, and midway through filming told Sir Alfred Hitchcock"It's a terrible script.
We've already done a third of the picture and I still can't make head nor tail of it! Grant thought the movie would be a flop right up until its premiere, where it was rapturously received.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock couldn't get permission to film inside the U. Sir Alfred Hitchcock filmed Cary Grant 's entrance into the United Nations building from across the street with a hidden camera. When he gets to the top of the stairs, a man about to walk down does a double take upon seeing the movie star.
In the DVD documentary, Eva Marie Saint recounts how Sir Alfred Hitchcockdissatisfied with the costumes the studio had deed for her, marched her to Bergdorf Goodman and personally picked out clothes for her to wear. Cary Grant was initially reluctant to accept the role of Roger Thornhill, since at fifty-five, he was much older than the character.
The scene where the crop duster is chasing and shooting at Thornhill was filmed with a real airplane while the shot where the plane crashes into the fuel truck was done using large models of both truck and plane. Less than eight feet of film was cut from the final release. Eight feet is about five seconds, or one hundred twenty frames. Jessie Royce Landis was only seven years older than Cary Grantwho plays her son. In a Hitchcock film, To Catch a Thiefshe played his prospective mother-in-law. Thornhill appears on the left side of the screen for almost the entire movie.
Eleven years after being mentioned in Rope as making an excellent villain, James Mason was finally cast by Sir Alfred Hitchcock as such in this movie. The day before the scene where Thornhill is hidden in an upper berth was to be filmed, Cary Grant took a look at the set which had been built and told Sir Alfred Hitchcock that it had been constructed sloppily and would not do for the movie. Hitchcock trusted Grant's judgment so completely, that he ordered the set rebuilt to better standards without ever checking the situation for himself.
Roger Thornhill's mother tells him jokingly, "Pay the two dollars", after he futilely attempts to shed light on his kidnapping and be exonerated from his DWI charge. A man is in court to pay a two dollar fine for spitting on the subway, but his lawyer insists on fighting the case. As the lawyer incurs greater and greater sentences, his defendant keeps pleading, "Pay the two dollars!
It was journalist Otis L. Guernsey, Jr. He was inspired, he said, by a real-life case during World War II, known as Operation Mincemeat, in which British intelligence hoped to lure Italian and German forces away from Sicily, a planned invasion site.
A cadaver was selected and given an identity and phony papers referring to invasions of Sardinia and Greece. The Man Who Never Was recounted the operation. Roger O. Thornhill claims that the "O" stands for "nothing". This is a reference to David O.
Selznickwhose "O" also ified nothing. Sir Alfred Hitchcock had planned a sequence where Roger Thornhill hid in Abraham Lincoln 's nose and had a sneezing fit. Park officials would not allow this to be filmed, but Hitchcock tried again and again. Finally, someone asked Hitchcock how he would feel if it were the other way around and Lincoln was having a sneezing fit in Cary Grant 's nose. Hitchcock immediately understood, and the scene was never filmed. However, "The Man in Lincoln's Nose" was used as a "gag" working title.
Hitchcock had his agent Older women Hitchcock South Dakota his contract, learned that he had absolute control over the final cut, and refused. Famed art director and special effects artist Albert Whitlockwho worked on several Hitchcock movies not this onepainted a painting of Mount Rushmore and superimposed the face of Sir Alfred Hitchcock into the rock sculptures on the mountain as a joke. The painting exists in a private collection. James Mason suffered a severe heart attack shortly after filming ended. The house near the end of this movie was not real.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock asked the set deers to make the set resemble a house by Frank Lloyd Wrightthe most popular architect in America at the time, using the materials, form, and interiors associated with him. House exteriors were matte paintings. In numerous interviews, Martin Landau said that he made a decision on his own to play the character of Leonard as gay and in love with Phillip Vandamm. Robinsonwhich I toured with after the Broadway run.
He was there opening night. I played a very macho guy, one hundred eighty degrees from Leonard, who I chose to play as a homosexual, very subtly. Because he wanted to get rid of Eva Marie Saint with such a vengeance. James Masonto the day he died, he became a friend of mine, the most often asked question of James was whether Vandamm, his character, was bisexual. He said, 'No he wasn't, but Landau made a choice, and there's nothing I can do about it. Everyone told me not to do that because it was my first big Older women Hitchcock South Dakota and people would think I was gay. I'm an actor.
I said it wasn't going to be my last movie, and it certainly wasn't. I've never played a character like that since. I also felt it was something people would know or not know. It was very subtle.
I thought, 'in Boise, Idaho they might not notice. It was a very daring line for the s. Men didn't say things like that.
Hitchcock loved what I did, and left me alone. For the cropdusting scene, Cary Grant was filmed on a studio set diving into a fake ditch while the plane footage unspooled on a screen behind him. As Thornhill and a factory worker discussed a particular foreman at the plant, they would walk along the assembly line as a car was put together from the first bolt to the final panel. Then, as the car rolled off the line ready to drive, Thornhill would open the passenger door and out would roll the body of the foreman he had just been discussing.
Hitchcock loved the idea of a body appearing out of nowhere, but he and screenwriter Ernest Lehman couldn't figure out a way to make the scene fit the story, so it never came to fruition. A similar scene is seen in Minority Report James Stewart was very interested in starring in this movie, begging Sir Alfred Hitchcock to let him play Thornhill. Hitchcock claimed that Vertigo 's lack of financial success was because Stewart "looked too old".
When Older women Hitchcock South Dakota asked Hitchcock about this, Hitchcock basically said if he didn't talk to actors and actresses, they were doing fine. When he talked to them, it was because they did something wrong. During their escape, Roger says to Eve, "I see you've got the pumpkin", meaning Vandamm's statue containing microfilm. The line references the Alger Hiss case, in which Whittaker Chambers led federal agents to government microfilms, allegedly supplied to him by Hiss, that Chambers had hidden in a pumpkin on his farm.
Cinematographer Robert Burks recalled how Sir Alfred Hitchcockfrustrated with the inefficiency and costliness of paying for police protection again and again when shooting on location, referred to New York City's finest as "New York's worst" in an interview. When the crew arrived at their next location, The Plaza Hotel, there was no police protection. In an interview, Sir Alfred Hitchcock 's daughter, Patricia, revealed that her husband worked at the time of the filming for Magnum Oil.
Ernest Lehman became the scriptwriter following a lunchtime meeting with Sir Alfred Hitchcockarranged by their mutual friend, composer Bernard Herrmann. Hitchcock originally wanted him to work on his new project " The Wreck of the Mary Deare " which was eventually made instead by Michael Andersonbut Lehman refused.
Hitchcock was so keen to work with him that he suggested they work together on a different movie using Mary Deare's budget without MGM's approval even though he had only three ideas to set Lehman on his way: mistaken identity, the United Nations building, and a chase scene across the faces of Mt. Sir Alfred Hitchcock planned this movie as a change of pace after his dark romantic thriller VertigoOlder women Hitchcock South Dakota
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