Movieland Mystery Photo

Movieland Mystery Photo

OK, it’s an MGM production. But what film uses this green background at the opening?

Movieland Mystery Photo
This is the opening of Saul Bass’ credits for “North by Northwest” (cue music by Bernard Herrmann!)

"North by Northwest"

As B.J. Merholz noted, the answer is on Google.  Please congratulate Dewey Webb, LC and Craig Deco for identifying it.

What surprised me about it – and the reason I posted the image – is that the treatment of the logo is so darn ugly. The green works fine with the titles, but it’s really garish with the logo, which seems to have been some odd conversion from color to black and white.

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8 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo

  1. B.J. Merholz says:

    Too easy on Google.


  2. dewey webb says:

    North by Northwest

    but why?


  3. Mike Hawks says:



  4. LC says:

    It’s North by Northwest. Is this a trick question? Is there more to this?
    Happy New year Mr. H.


  5. Don Danard says:

    It certainly looks like it might have happened for “Brigadoon”.


  6. Gary Martin says:

    in re: dewey webb …”but why?” the green field matches the green field of the opening credits…as per imbd. Makes no sense to me either and I don’t recall having seen it at the time I saw the film..


  7. la peregrina says:

    Interesting, I was going to guess Soylent Green. 🙂


  8. CraigDeco says:

    North By Northwest- a Hitchcock production shot in VistaVision and moved from Paramount
    to MGM- maybe that’s the reason???


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