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Sabotage (1936)

Unrated  |   |  Thriller  |  11 January 1937 (USA)
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A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

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Mrs. Verloc (as Sylvia Sydney)
Oskar Homolka ...
Her Husband (as Oscar Homolka)
Desmond Tester ...
John Loder ...
Ted
Joyce Barbour ...
Matthew Boulton ...
S.J. Warmington ...
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Mr. Verloc is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs operating out of London. He manages a small cinema with his wife and her teenage brother as a cover, but they know nothing of his secret. Scotland Yard assign an undercover detective to work at the shop next to the cinema in order to observe the gang. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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...A Bomb Plot ...A Killing ...Justice

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I Married a Murderer  »

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The film "Bartholomew the Strangler" is fictitious, as is, so it seems, actor Tom McGurth (who is named on the posters outside the movie theatre). See more »

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The London Underground and tram lines had their own power supplies, both separate from the public system. A single power station failure could not affect all three. See more »

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Man in power plant: Sand.
2nd Man in power plant: Sabotage.
3rd Man in power plant: Wrecking.
4th Man in power plant: Deliberate.
2nd Man in power plant: What's at the back of it?
3rd Man in power plant: Who did it?
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Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song At Twilight)
(1884) (uncredited)
Music by J.L. Molloy
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
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Expressionist thriller resonant with pre-war fears
5 April 2010 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A very interesting, transitional Hitchcock film (I haven't read Conrad's The Secret Agent). An early act of the eponymous sabotage plunges Camberwell - for this film is set on the fictional Plouthorp Road of SE5 - into darkness allowing for some unsettling silhouettes and shadow- chasing.

Yet this seems to the be the extent of Hitchcock's use of the German aesthetic. Subsequently we get a not entirely polished selection of unexpected twists (Ted's real identity), suspense (the boy with the package) and latterly trademark foreground/overlaid shots. Luckily Hitchcock has employed the excellent Oskar Homolka as Karl Verloc. Rather usefully, it seems that Hitchcock is as benighted as we are when it comes to the motivation for Verloc's shady behaviour - he could be a gangster, a vengeful national or simply an anarchist. It doesn't matter, he is simply the slimy, spinless middle man set to reap what he sows. Loder (Ted) and Sylvia Sidney (Sylvia) are winsome if a little stock - Desmond Tester as Stevie is jolly good.

Entertaining but patchy 5/10


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