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Location of the Crop Dusting Sequence in North By Northwest

The crop dusting sequence from Hitchcock’s North By Northwest is one of the most iconic in all of cinema and the real life location can be seen above on Google Maps.


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The crop dusting sequence from Hitchcock’s North By Northwest is one of the most iconic in all of cinema and the real life location can be seen above on Google Maps.

The scene was meant to take place in northern Indiana, but was actually shot on Garces Highway (155) near the towns of Wasco and Delano, north of Bakersfield in Kern County, California.

If you have never seen the film, here it is:

Incidentally, the Blu-ray of North By Northwest which Warner Bros brought out last year is easily one of the finest to come out in the new format.

Read my full take on it here.

[Thanks to Jeffrey Wells for pointing out the location in a recent post on Hollywood Elsewhere]

By Ambrose Heron

Editor of FILMdetail

1 reply on “Location of the Crop Dusting Sequence in North By Northwest”

Fantastic! That intersection hasn’t changed at all. I thought for sure there would be a Starbucks by now. I was pretty sure they filmed this scene somewhere else other than Indiana, but just to make sure, I actually drove south on US 41 through northwest Indiana hoping I’d notice something familiar. I didn’t. US 41 had been upgraded to a 4-lane years ago, and the topography isn’t nearly as flat.

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