I was watching “North by Northwest” last night. I’ve seen it so many times, but it’s so good that it makes me feel as though I’m watching it for the first time. And then it struck me – Don Draper is similar to Roger O. Thornhill – career in advertising, identity issues, ex-wives, great-looking suit. Cary Grant’s Roger has more charm than Don, maybe because he is Cary Grant.

Matthew Weiner acknowledged that North by Northwest was a source of inspiration. Can’t go wrong with that.

Hitchcock was obsessed with icy blondes. Weiner prefers brunettes.



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