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  North By Northwest Test Your Knowledge   great trivia quiz  
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Made between 'Vertigo' and 'Psycho', this classic comedy-thriller is one of Hitchcock's most beloved films.
Average, 25 Qns, tjoebigham, Sep 01 14
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  "North by Northwest" (1959)   popular trivia quiz  
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This is a quiz about Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 movie, "North by Northwest." It starred Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.
Tough, 20 Qns, West18john, Apr 28 17
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Enjoy my quiz and don't forget to rate it! Thanks!
Average, 15 Qns, mariannafunk, Oct 20 20
Oct 20 20
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Eva Marie Saint had already won an Oscar for her debut in 'On The Waterfront'. What other cast member would go on to win a future acting Oscar?

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North by Northwest Trivia Questions

1. Who plays Roger Thornhill?

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Answer: Cary Grant

James Stewart was the original actor thought of for this role, but Hitch thought it would be better suited for Cary Grant. I agree.

2. What is Roger Thornhill's (Cary Grant) secretary's first name?

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Answer: Maggie

Maggie was expertly played by Doreen Lang who had already been in a previous Hitchcock film, "The Wrong Man", and then she later appeared in "The Birds" as the frightened mother in the cafe.

3. What is the name of Cary Grant's character?

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Answer: Roger O. Thornhill

The other character names are from Grant's other Hitchcock films: 'Suspicion', 'Notorious' and 'To Catch A Thief'. The 'O', by the way, stands for nothing, as did the 'O' in David O. Selznick, under whose aegis Hitch made his American debut.

4. Who plays Eve Kendall?

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Answer: Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint was very excited about being chosen for such a sophisticated character.

5. What are the names of the men Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) met at the Oak Bar in the Plaza Hotel?

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Answer: Herman Weltner, Larry Wade and Fanning Nelson.

Larry Wade was played by Robert Shayne, who was famous for playing Inspector Henderson on the George Reeves television series "Superman."

6. What is Grant's character's line of work?

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Answer: advertising

Grant's Thornhill is the typical 50's 'man in the gray flannel suit'.

7. Where does Roger Thornhill meet friends for drinks before he is kidnapped?

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Answer: The Oak Bar at The Plaza

Cary Grant had a suite at The Plaza, so he was very comfortable walking around the hotel and having drinks at the Oak Bar.

8. What are the last names of the henchmen who kidnapped Roger Thornhill from the Plaza Hotel?

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Answer: Valerian and Licht

Valerian was portrayed by Adam Williams, Licht by Robert Ellenstein. Both have been seen in numerous television guest roles. As a note of interest, in the original screenplay, Licht is one of the people in the cropduster plane. We were to see his body in the burning plane, but it was never filmed.

9. What tune plays in the hotel at the beginning?

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Answer: 'It's A Most Unusual Day'

Very appropriate, considering what happens!

10. At the time of the filming, what did Cary Grant charge for an autograph?

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Answer: 15 cents

He was also known for leaving the table before the check came, so other people would pick up the check!

11. In the film, the Townsend estate was located in what Long Island town?

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Answer: Glen Cove

The actual estate where the entrance and house exteriors were filmed is Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, Long Island. It is still used for film and television location shooting, and is open to the public for tours. The interiors were shot in a Los Angeles studio.

12. What is the name of the 'agent' the bad guys mistake Grant's character for?

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Answer: George Kaplan

When Thornhill calls out to a bellboy who is paging Kaplan, the villains think he *is* Kaplan, and kidnap him. The irony is that Kaplan is a non-existent name created to divert the villains from the real spy in their midst!

13. When Roger was put behind the wheel to drive drunk, what makes him finally stop the car?

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Answer: A man on a bike crosses the road in front of him.

He is so drunk that he could care less or doesn't understand that a police car is chasing him. Interesting that a man on a bike would cross the road in the dark.

14. What Broadway theater was Thornhill planning to go to before he was abducted? He mentioned it to Vandamm (James Mason).

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Answer: Winter Garden

When Thornhill is tossed into the car in a drunken stupor, if you listen closely, you can hear him singing "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Bourbon." Perhaps he was planning to see "My Fair Lady" at the Winter Garden that night, before he was abducted.

15. What is the real name of the head of the spy ring?

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Answer: Phillip Vandamm

Played by James Mason, Vandamm poses as diplomat Leo Townsend.

16. What was Roger made to drink?

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Answer: Bourbon

How did they get those stains out of that pink satin couch so quickly?

17. Who portrayed Roger Thornhill's lawyer?

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Answer: Edward Platt

Edward Platt went on to portray the "Chief" on TV's "Get Smart."

18. How do the villains plan to kill the hero ?

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Answer: force him to drive drunk

Though they get him drunk and almost kill him, Thornhill escapes.

19. Whose Mercedes did the phoney Mrs. Townsend say he borrowed after the phoney party?

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Answer: Laura's

Laura's last name is Babson. You find this out from the police because a Mercedes had been reported as stolen.

20. Who portrayed Nassau County detective, Lieutenant Harding?

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Answer: Stanley Adams

Stanley Adams is best known to "Star Trek" fans as Cyrano Jones in the episode entitled "The Trouble With Tribbles."

21. What is the make of the car Grant's character drives?

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Answer: Mercedes-Benz

You can see the famed Mercedes hood ornament in several shots.

22. When the doctor at the Glen Cove police station asks Roger to stick his tongue out, what does he say?

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Answer: "You better move back."

Cary Grant at his most funny. Lots of material here. I like when he finally curls up on top of the table!

23. What did Thornhill's mother say to the two men who followed her and her son in the elevator?

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Answer: "You gentlemen aren't really trying to kill my son, are you?"

According to her 'official' Jessie Royce Landis was about ten months younger than Cary Grant, the actor portraying her son in the movie! However there is some evidence that she was actually 6 years older than she claimed.

24. What is the name of the sergeant at the police station where Grant's character is held for drunk driving?

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Answer: Emil Klinger

The name foreshadows Thornhill's fate at film's end.

25. When Roger asks his mother to go get the key to George Kaplan's hotel room at The Plaza, how much does he bribe her to do it?

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Answer: Fifty dollars

He is so ready to pay her to do this and knows she'll take the money.

26. Who portrayed the ticket clerk who tips off the police that Thornhill is at his ticket window in Grand Central Terminal?

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Answer: Ned Glass

Ned Glass later appeared as Sol Cooper in the '60s television series "Julia."

27. What happens to Grant's character upon meeting the real Townsend at the U.N. ?

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Answer: he's framed for Townsend's murder

Townsend is knifed in the back to keep him from identifying Vandamm to Thornhill, and Thornhill is blamed for it.

28. When they get in George Kaplan's hotel room and Roger goes in the bathroom to look around, he comes out of the bathroom and says, "Bulletin, George Kaplan has

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Answer: dandruff

Another great sequence for Roger and his mother.

29. What did Thornhill say to Eve the "O" stood for in his initials?

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Answer: "Nothing"

Thornhill's initials were printed on his personalized matchbook cover. He told Eve, "My trademark, R.O.T."

30. What train does Grant's character board to escape?

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Answer: Twentieth Century Limited & 20th century limited & twentieth century ltd. & 20th century ltd.

Back when trains still were popular...

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