micro-film filled statue

 Background of micro-film filled statue
  The statue is filled with sensitive information stored in microfilm in North by Northwest (1959). At one point in the movie the protaganist, Roger Thornhill, referring to the micro-film, says, “I see you’ve got the pumpkin.”

The pumpkin remark refers to the case of the U.S. Department official Alger Hiss. When Time Magazine editor Whittaker Chambers appeared in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1948, he accused Hiss of being a Soviet spy.

Part of the evidence that Chambers ultimately produced were the “Pumpkin Papers” – sensitive United States government information on microfilm that had been stored in a hollowed-out pumpkin on Chambers’s farm.

Appears in the Following Films
  North by Northwest (1959)


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