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Saboteur (1942)

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In this film, aircraft plant worker Robert Cummings is accused of sabotaging his factory and causing the death of a co-worker. Actually, Cummings is the fall guy for a ring of Nazi spies, headed by an above-suspicion American philanthropist. Our hero goes on a cross-country chase after the genuine saboteur.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Robert Cummings
as Barry Kane
Priscilla Lane
as Patricia "Pat" Marti...
Otto Kruger
as Charles Tobin
Norman Lloyd
as Frank Fry
Alan Baxter
as Freeman
Clem Bevans
as Neilson
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Henrietta Sutto...
Vaughan Glaser
as Phillip Martin
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Mason
Ian Wolfe
as Robert, the Butler
Al Bridge
as Marine Sergeant MP
Frances Carson
as Society Woman
Murray Alper
as Mac, the Deputy Driv...
Kathryn Adams
as Young Mother
Pedro de Cordoba
as Bones the Human Skel...
Billy Curtis
as "Major" the Midget
Marie LeDeaux
as Tatania the Fat Woma...
Jeanne Romer
as Marigold, Siamese Tw...
Lynn Romer
as Annette, Siamese Twi...
Samuel S. Hinds
as Foundation Leader
Selmer Jackson
as FBI Chief
Emory Parnell
as Husband in Movie
Will Lee
as Worker
Will Wright
as Company Official
Maggie Hayes
as Wife in Movie
Paul Everton
as Bus Man
Selmar Jackson
as FBI Chief
Pat Flaherty
as Navy Man
Milt Kibbee
as Husband in Movie Aud...
Barton Yarborough
as 1st FBI Man at Mason...
Virgil Summers
as Ken Mason
Lee Phelps
as Plant Policeman
Marjorie Wood
as Farmer's Wife
Belle Mitchell
as Adele, the Maid
Eddie Foster
as Driver for Saboteurs
Dick Midgley
as FBI Man
Don Cadell
as FBI Man
Milton Kibbee
as Husband in Movie Aud...
Gene O'Donnell
as Jitterbug
William Gould
as Stranger
Ralph Dunn
as FBI Man at Mason's H...
William H. Ruhl
as Deputy Marshal
Vinton Haworth
as Other Man in Movie
Margaret Hayes
as Wife in Movie
Rex Lease
as Plant Counterman
Duke York
as Deputy
Nancy Loring
as Young Mother
Archie Twitchell
as Motorcycle Cop
Claire Whitney
as Wife in Movie Audien...
Frank Marlowe
as George, the Truck Dr...
Alan Bridge
as Marine Sergeant MP
Norma Drury
as Refugee Mother
Charles Sherlock
as Barry's Taxi Driver
Jack Cheatham
as Detective
Jack Gardner
as Pat's Taxi Driver
Kernan Cripps
as Man in Movie Audienc...
Jean Trent
as Blonde Aircraft Work...
Jimmie Lucas
as Taxi Driver
Dale Van Sickel
as FBI Assistant/Phone ...
Margaret Ann McLaugh...
as Baby Susie Brown
Marie Le Deaux
as Tatiana the Fat Woma...
Anita Bolster
as Esmeralda the Bearde...
Gerald Pierce
as Elevator Operator
Claire James
as Deaf Man's Companion
Alfred Hitchcock
as Deaf and Mute Man Ou...
Cyril Ring
as Party Guest
Jeffrey Sayre
as Henchman
Maggie Hayes
as Wife in Movie
Jean D. Romer
as Siamese Twin
Lynne Romer
as Siamese Twin
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Critic Reviews for Saboteur

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Soldiers on patrol behind cafeteria workers, Fascist-sympathizing terrorists deeply embedded in small towns and big cities, and the chilling crackle of hectic radio warnings set a tone of ambient menace.

Full Review… | October 26, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

To put it mildly, Mr. Hitchcock and his writers have really let themselves go. Melodramatic action is their forte, but they scoff at speed limits this trip.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This political thriller, Hitchcock's contribution to American propaganda during WWII, is not one of the master's top films.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

...even the most avid Hitchcock fan will have a tough time embracing the film.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Saboteur

½

Another decent piece of American propaganda made by Hitchcock during WWII following his Foreign Correspondent - and certainly a more consistent film than that one -, despite some trouble with pacing and the fact that for about every two or three hits, there is a miss.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

½

A film that takes you on a journey towards the top of the statue of liberty! The beginning starts with an enormous fire and carries that momentum for the next 2 hours.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

½

This is basically a proto version of North By Northwest that is not *quite* as brilliant, sticks out as a being a little too heavy with the propaganda (it did come out in 1942 and invovles the war), and is even a bit corny (maybe for it's own good. However, this is nevertheless a rip roaring thriller, and, while Hitch did this exact same thing many times over, this is one of the variations that really rocks.

Can't really say why either. Maybe it's just the fact that, as I said, it was a prototype for the real masterpiece, kinda like if Beethoven ever recorded a rough demo version of Moonlight Sonata or something.

We've got an airplane factory worker who goes on the run after being blamed for a fire bombing at his workplace that causes lots of destruction and takes the life of his best friend. So of course he goes on the hunt for the real perpetrator who happens to be a Nazi sympathizer, and gets caught up in a major plot involving those who hate America and her citizens all because of their freedom.

So yeah, this might be a propaganda piece, but unlike NXNW, this one doesn't come off quite as convoluted with the plot specifics and red herrings. Robert Cummings is no Carey Grant, but he's likeable enough, as does a fine job. Priscilla Lane is also wonderful as this film's Blonde. This film also had the distinction of being Hitch's first film with an all American cast. Also, to really add to the tension, the climax takes place within and around the confines of the Statue of Liberty. Man, this really IS propaganda!

All in all, this is quite a ride. Definitely give this one a shot.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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