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North By Northwest (1959)
 Who was considered for North By Northwest?

Yul Brynner
Hitchcock and screenwriter Ernest Lehman considered Brynner for the role of the elegant, urbane spy in hot pursuit of "George Kaplan."
Actor who got the part: James Mason

Cyd Charisse
MGM tried to get Alfred Hitchcock to cast Cyd Charisse as the woman of mystery, but Hitchcock was not interested.
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

William Holden
With Cary Grant backing out of many movie projects and often saying he would retire from the screen, Alfred Hitchcock put Holden on a short list of stars who might play the man on the run from dangerous spies.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

Curt Jurgens
Was a top contender on Hitchcock's short list to play the suave villain, Van Dam.
Actor who got the part: James Mason

Grace Kelly
Director Alfred Hitchcock tried to bring his favorite leading lady back to the screen after she became the Princess of Monaco.
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

Sophia Loren
Cary Grant lobbied Alfred Hitchcock to cast Loren as mysterious, dangerous beauty "Eve Kendall."
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

Dean Martin
Was considered to play the hero on the run in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

Virginia McKenna
According to Lewis Gilbert at a National Theatre Interview, Virginia McKenna was asked to play Eve in North By Northwest.
Actor who got the part: Eve Marie Saint

Vera Miles
The beautiful, talented Miles had derailed Alfred Hitchcock's plans to star her in "Vertigo," but she was still a candidate to play "Eve."
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

Gregory Peck
Peck was considered by Hitchcock for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

Frank Sinatra
Was considered as a possibility to star as the wrong man sent running across America is Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

James Stewart
James Stewart wanted to play the role of Roger Thornhill, but Alfred Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant.
Actor who got the part: Cary Grant

Elizabeth Taylor
Alfred Hitchcock considered the beautiful star as a possibility to play the mysterious and possibly dangerous leading lady in his suspense adventure classic.
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint



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