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Joseph Conrad (novel)
Charles Bennett (screen play)
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Release Date:
11 January 1937 (USA) See more »
...A Bomb Plot ...A Killing ...Justice
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvia Sidney ... Mrs. Verloc (as Sylvia Sydney)

Oskar Homolka ... Karl Anton Verloc (as Oscar Homolka)

Desmond Tester ... Stevie

John Loder ... Ted Spencer
Joyce Barbour ... Renee
Matthew Boulton ... Superintendent Talbot

S.J. Warmington ... Hollingshead

William Dewhurst ... The Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Bevan ... Miss Chatham's Daughter (uncredited)

Peter Bull ... Michaelis - Conspirator (uncredited)
Albert Chevalier ... Cinema Commissioner (uncredited)

Clare Greet ... Mrs. Jones - Cook (uncredited)

Charles Hawtrey ... Studious Youth at the Aquarium (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking Past The Cinema as the Light is Renewed (uncredited)

Martita Hunt ... Miss Chatham - The Professor's Daughter (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Member of Cinema Crowd (uncredited)
Hubert Leslie ... Conspirator (uncredited)

Aubrey Mather ... W. Brown & Sons Greengrocer (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Fred Schwartz ... Tailor (uncredited)

Torin Thatcher ... Yunct - Conspirator (uncredited)

Austin Trevor ... Vladimir - Paymaster at Aquarium (uncredited)
Jack Vyvyan ... Detective (uncredited)
Sam Wilkinson ... Cinema Patron Who Wants His Money Back (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Joseph Conrad (novel "The Secret Agent")

Charles Bennett (screen play)

Ian Hay (dialogue) &
Helen Simpson (dialogue)

Alma Reville (continuity)

E.V.H. Emmett (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
Ivor Montagu .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Hubert Bath (uncredited)
Jack Beaver (uncredited)
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bernard Knowles (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Frend 
Art Direction by
Oscar Friedrich Werndorff  (as O. Werndorff)
Albert Jullion (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Joe Strassner (dresses) (as J. Strassner)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Whitlock .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
A. Cameron .... recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Dade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marianne .... wardrobe
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Walt Disney .... thanks: Cartoon sequence by arrangement with
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"I Married a Murderer" - USA (reissue title)
"The Woman Alone" - USA
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76 min | West Germany:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Full Range Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (1995) | Finland:(Banned) (1937) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1937) | Norway:16 (1937) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1980) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 5655)

Did You Know?

Mrs. Verloc's first name is never revealed in the film. However, in the 1886 novel "The Secret Agent" by Joseph Conrad, it is given as Winnie.See more »
Continuity: The ring on Mrs. Verloc's third finger when she's wielding the knife.See more »
[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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33 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of Hitchcock's greatest films, 16 March 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Ah, yet another Hitchcock movie that is less than famous but then turns out to be one of the best films ever made. Every Hitchcock film that I see just makes me want to the rest of his films.

Sabotage has a lot going for it. It is based on a novella by Joseph Conrad, the master writer who wrote Heart of Darkness (truth be told, that's the only novel of his that I've read the whole of, but I've been told that he has plenty of great novels besides that; I guess after Sabotage, I'm now obliged to read up). The story is excellent. Mix that with great characters played by great actors, and you've got yourself yet another Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece.

Maybe this film is not popular because it is atypical for Hitchcock. It contains tons of suspense, maybe more than any of his films besides Rear Window, especially in a sequence where he demonstrates his famous theory that a bomb that does not go off creates the suspense. No, this film is atypical because it lacks Hitchcock's masterful humor. This is usually taken as one of his trademarks, but I've seen several of his films that lack humor (or at least reduce it), and I find them just as good (I Confess, Rope, and The Birds). Instead, Sabotage may be the most emotionally affecting Hitchcock film, competing with the likes of Vertigo and Rebecca. It gives you characters to care about, especially Mrs. Verloc, played masterfully by Sylvia Sydney as a happy wife who discovers the hard way that her husband is a terrorist (don't worry, no spoilers here; we find this out in the first scene). John Loder plays Ted, a detective who falls in love with Mrs. Verloc, although she is clearly not willing, while undercover at a grocer next door. The best performance is Oskar Homolka's, who plays Mr. Verloc. Only Norman Bates is a more sympathetic villain than Mr. Verloc. We never do see why exactly he wants to sabotage things (and in this way, this movie is quite xenophobic), but we see that he does not wish to harm anyone, and that when he does he only does it through compulsion. He also cares greatly for his wife and her brother. Even at the end of the film, we understand why Mrs. Verloc wants nothing to do with Ted's advances. The film ends with an easy escape, but guilt remains heavy. 10/10

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