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For ten points, name the movie, the actors, the director, the year, and the exact source of the title.
Posted by The Best American Poetry on December 06, 2008 at 10:25 AM in Movies | Permalink
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North by Northwest,
Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint
Hamlet says, "I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw."
When the wind is northerly, I know a hick from a Hansel; when the wind is easterly, I know a hack from a headsore; when the wind is westerly, I know hype from a huckster....
Don't know why I can't resist a contest.
December 06, 2008 at 11:41 AM
The story of the title's origins was disputed by Ernest Lehman, the screenwriter. Hitchcock did claim the title originated in Hamlet (Act II, Scene 2, Lines 381-2 for those who want to look it up). Lehman claimed the story arc went from New York to Alaska, and so he planned to title the movie "In a Northwesterly Direction." (It gets worse: one suggested title was "The Man on Lincoln's Nose.") Anyway, in the Lehman version the head of the story department shortened the title to "North by Northwest" and that stuck. Obviously Hitchcock preferred the Shakespearean explanation.
Lawrence J. Epstein |
December 06, 2008 at 11:58 AM
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