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Sabotage (1936)

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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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Cast

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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 ...
William Dewhurst ...
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Storyline

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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11 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Married a Murderer  »

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Trivia

In the Alfred Hitchcock/François Truffaut Interview Book (page 76), Hitchcock revealed that Robert Donat was supposed to play Ted, but Alexander Korda refused to release him. When John Loder was cast as Ted, Hitchcock felt that he wasn't suitable for the role. So the director was forced to rewrite the dialogue during the shooting. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. and Mrs. Verloc are talking about Stevie, the position of the toy sailboat behind Mr. Verloc changes between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown with a background of a dictionary page open to the definition of "Sabotage". See more »

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Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) See more »

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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
Sung a cappella by a man lighting candles
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Magnificent Hitchcoch film with amount of tension and excitement
31 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

The picture is an adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel about Verloc(Oscar Homolka)an anarchist bomber and owns a theater who actually is an unknown secret agent for the foreign government in London pre-WWII He is married with Sylvia(Sylvia Sidney)who works as theater cashier and doesn't know her kindly husband is behind all it and has no idea his activities.An undercover police inspector(John Loder)surveys the the marriage movements. The film contains suspense,tense thriller,intrigue and usual Hitchcock touches.Hitch is a fervent anti-Nazi and like another films denounces the interior enemy, a spies-ring constituted by Englismen and Germans. The movie has the expressionist Germanic atmosphere, the suspense is continued and appears lurking and menacing in the theater,streets and during the bus, when the boy carries the bomb.His habitual photographer Bernard Knowles makes an excellent camera-work with lights and shades. Enjoyable cartoon sequence belongs to ¨Who killed cock Robin ? from Silly Symphony of Walt Disney.The movie are the Hitchcock's customary technicians,as Charles Friend(edition), Louis Levy(musician),Bernard Knowles(cinematographer),the screenwriter is Charles Bennett and is produced by Gaumont British with the great producer Michael Balcon. In spite of long time was released and a little bit dated ,the film holds up pretty well.The motion picture is elaborately directed by the master of suspense. Rating : Above average.Essential and indispensable seeing for Hitch's moviegoers.


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