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

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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 25, 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 24, 2006
New York Times
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

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

Another of Hitchcock's deadly mistaken-identity tales.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Saboteur


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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer


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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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