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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?

Based on Joseph Conrad's novel "The Secret Agent", this sports a different title as Alfred Hitchcock's previous film was called Secret Agent (1936), which was based on stories by W. Somerset Maugham.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
The best of Hitch's early British films..., 4 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

Most buffs and fans of Alfred Hitchcock point to 39 STEPS or LADY VANISHES as his best work before he hit Hollywood in 1940. SABOTAGE is really the first time we see a pure thriller, specifically a spy thriller, which became so commonplace throughout the master's career. The main character is an undercover agent, looking to break up a ring of saboteurs bent on destroying London. Hitch places the head villain within, what else, a cinema, something that adds to the already rich atmosphere. The film was also shot on location, an oddity for Hitch.

Check out the camera movements and use of shadows in regard to the villain (played by a creepy looking Oscar Homolka). They reveal a lot to us the viewer and lead us to hope for his wife to figure it all out. An ominous image of London falling is depicted from the point of view of Oscar. This is pretty basic stuff, but, considering how old the film is, it still packs a punch. The scene on the bus, where a young boy carries a film tin which may or may not carry a bomb is extremely suspenseful and well-done. We even see a British crowd in the movie theater watching a Disney flick (which is well noted in the opening credits).

1934's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH was an effective early thriller, better than the 1956 remake, however, this is the film to start with if studying Hitchcock's career. You may find yourself preferring some of his British films, like MAN WHO KNEW, to his work in Hollywood. SABOTAGE provides the goods for the first time.

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