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   Calvinesq  Actor, movie and character setting?
   June 8 at 15:44 EST .

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   MeiDei  He's no stranger ... but I sure can't put a name on him yet.
June 8 at 18:53 EST .

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   Safetydude  'The Professor' in "North By Nortwest"; Leo G. Carroll.

(Follow on question; what is the meaning by that title )
June 8 at 21:01 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Well done SD! This wsa the auction scene, at which Roger Thornhill, who the bad guys believe is George Kaplan, played by Cary Grant, must do some creative bidding to disrupt the entire auction, allowing him to escape from the bad guys that time. So, SD - you win the McGuffin!

As for the title, I have known it as a non-existent directional setting. I'm told N"orthwest by North" is an actual navigational setting, but I always thought of the title as a mere red herring. Interested in your thoughts.
June 9 at 09:08 EST .

  6 people like this.



   MeiDei  I had this for one of my quizzes, hopefully, Safety will answer - if not I'll slip in tomorrow with what I found.
June 9 at 11:18 EST .

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   Safetydude  Hitchcock should have named it "North By North West Airlines".
I don't know if NWA paid for its product placement but it did get a lot of publicity.
June 9 at 18:39 EST .

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   Richdet  Let me add another perspective on the movie's title. Some believe it is actually a quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet":

“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.”
Hamlet, 2.2.

But Ernest Lehman, Hitchcock's screenwriter, said nay to that, with a "simpler" explanation: EL "noticed that the action started in New York, then moved to Chicago, South Dakota, and (in an earlier draft ) Alaska -- a northwesterly direction. "North by northwest" isn't a real compass direction (though northwest by north is ); it is therefore symbolic of the film's improbable, unpredictable plot."

http://mentalfloss.com/article/77788/13-
monumental-facts-about-north-northwest
June 13 at 12:11 EST .

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   Richdet  Hmmmmmmmmmm. On second thought, "improbable, unpredictable plot" sounds very "Hamlet" to me. So does a hero who is being mistaken for someone he is not, and that someone doesn't even exist as it turns out (now my head hurts ). So maybe the Shakespeare angle is not fanciful at all.
June 13 at 12:16 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Rich and SD. Great input. I had heard of both the airline and the Hamlet explanations as well. Hitchcock, of course as was his manner, was very cagey about the whole subject. The title itself is a great conversation piece, but perhaps it's just another one of his McGuffins.
June 14 at 09:12 EST .

  6 people like this.