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Sabotage (1936)

Approved | | Thriller | 11 January 1937 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Verloc (as Sylvia Sydney)
Her Husband (as Oscar Homolka)
Joyce Barbour ...
Matthew Boulton ...
Superintendent Talbot
S.J. Warmington ...
William Dewhurst ...


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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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?
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excellent and underrated
17 August 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Most of Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood films have been pretty much ignored by American audiences with only a few exceptions (such as The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes). Of the several somewhat forgotten films is this dandy suspense film from 1936. What I particularly liked about the film was that it COULD have chosen the easy way out of a dilemma but chose for the grittier solution. This provided much greater realism which is so important when making a film about terrorists. In essence, there often is NOT a happy ending and these maniacs hurt a lot of innocent people.

Although the titles are similar, this should not be confused with Hitchcock's propaganda film The Saboteur from 1942. While a good film (and at times great), it is nowhere nearly as well-written and suffers from predictability--and Sabotage is NEVER predictable!

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