Otis L. Guernsey, Jr.
Otis L. Guernsey Jr. (1918-2001) was an American editor and theatre writer. He was a former arts editor of the New York Herald Tribune.
In the early 1950s, Guernsey had mentioned an idea for a screenplay to Alfred Hitchcock about an innocent man who is mistaken for a spy...
When the development of a screenplay for The Wreck of the Mary Deare for MGM stalled, Hitchcock and writer Ernest Lehman instead began to develop an original "wrong man" story based on the premise Guernsey had suggested — this eventually became North by Northwest.
In order for Hitchcock to secure the rights to the story, Guernsey was given a payment of $10,000.