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Saboteur's ingredients are not uncommon, but Master Hitchcock deals them out in a sinister manner that makes them appear so.
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.
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.
Wonderfully creative spy thriller, with strong point of view.
This political thriller, Hitchcock's contribution to American propaganda during WWII, is not one of the master's top films.
...even the most avid Hitchcock fan will have a tough time embracing the film.
Of course Saboteur is well directed, though it's rather like visiting an art museum's 'early works' exhibit of an artist before he became the Master of his form.
Another of Hitchcock's deadly mistaken-identity tales.
Propagandistic reworking of The 39 Steps still works
Top-notch espionage thriller with a jaw-dropping finale atop the Statue of Liberty.
A thrilling movie that -- while not among the top of handful of his films -- still strikes audiences as tense and highly entertaining many decades after its release.
The movie has its enjoyable, even humorous moments, but the brooding sense of danger and fear so prominent in his other films, are more noticeably absent.
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.
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.
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.
A familiar theme for Hitchcock, but executed beautifully. I especially loved Otto Kruger's villainous character.
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