South by Southeast 

An actor is a victim of mistaken identity in this spoof of Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) which both tributes Hitchcock and serves as the series finale.


Timothy Bond


Michael Sloan, Robert De Laurentiis (as Robert DeLaurentis)


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Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self - Host (archive footage)
Bernard Behrens ... Houseman
Patrick Wayne ... Michael Roberts
Cedric Smith ... Van Dorn
Pam Hyatt Pam Hyatt ... Mary Conn
Arlene Mazerolle ... Susan Sullivan
Shelley Young Shelley Young ... Francesca
William Laurin William Laurin ... Laurin
Glenn Davis Glenn Davis ... Davis
James Millington ... Auctioneer (as Jim Millington)
Hamish McEwan ... Bellhop


Michael Roberts is a disgruntled actor who's been offered the lead role in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic mistaken identity action thriller North by Northwest (1959). Michael hates both Hitchcock and the idea but his experienced agent Mary convinces him to at least meet with the producers. A train ride later across the state, Michael arrives at the hotel Hilton and jokingly identifies himself as Grant to the receptionist. Sitting in the hotel lobby, vamp henchwoman Francesca hears this, approaches Michael and takes him to the private business suite of a secretive Van Dorn. Van Dorm asks Michael about Mr. Houseman which means nothing to Michael who still thinks that Van Dorn is the producer with whom he's suppose to meet in the hotel. Unfortunately for Michael, he is not, and things escalate quickly. Eventually Michael finds an ally who might be able to help him clear things up in an attractive toy store owner, Susan Sullivan. The entire episode is a self-aware spoof of North ...

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22 July 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The archival footage of Hitchcock chosen to wrap around this episode finishes with the message that "next week I shall once again return with another story". In fact, he did not, as this was the final episode to screen. See more »


Michael Roberts: I hate Alfred Hitchcock. Come on, Mary, look. Let's say for argument's sake that I agree to the idea of remaking 'North By Northwest' and I believed you when you said I'd be better than Cary Grant...
Mary Conn: You would.
Michael Roberts: I've still never heard of these producers. Hart and Jankowski?
Mary Conn: Michael, I can put your mind at rest with one word.
Michael Roberts: What's that?
Mary Conn: Canadians.
Michael Roberts: Canadians?
Mary Conn: The most wonderful people on the face of the earth.
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Crazy Credits

Keep watching after the credits as Executive Producer Michael Sloan has a bit of final fun. His acting role may be uncredited, but when his character says "Don't you know who I am?" his Executive Producer credit flashes on the screen. After all the credits are shown Sloan stands in front of the famous Hitchcock profile and says "Don't you recognise this profile?" See more »


References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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