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Saboteur (1942)

Approved | | Thriller, War | 24 April 1942 (USA)
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

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Los Angeles aircraft worker Barry Kane evades arrest after he is unjustly accused of sabotage. Following leads, he travels across the country to New York trying to clear his name by exposing a gang of fascist-supporting saboteurs led by apparently respectable Charles Tobin. Along the way, he involves Pat Martin, eventually preventing another major act of sabotage. They finally catch up with Frank Frye, the man who actually committed the act of sabotage at the aircraft factory. Written by alfiehitchie

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Alfred Hitchcock chose to use the European "Finis" at the end of the film rather than the traditional "The End" to suggest to the audience that the sabotage ring was "finished". See more »

Goofs

While hitch-hiking the first time, Barry Kane's face is shown smiling in one shot, then jumps to a blank face in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank Fry: I don't like autumn.
Patricia "Pat" Martin: You're not being very nice to a lonely girl. You look as though you might be lonely too.
Frank Fry: I got to catch that boat.
Patricia "Pat" Martin: 15 minutes shouldn't make such a big difference Mr. Fry.
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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
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Written by Don Raye and Hugh Prince
[Instrumental version heard coming from Mrs. Mason's neighbors' house.]
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WWII Hitchcock sheds light on master's tendencies
12 February 2004 | by (Peoria, Illinois) – See all my reviews

You can't help but marvel at Hitchcock's early work. "Saboteur," for example, is so slick and quick that it's hard to believe he made this film over 60 years ago. There's some propaganda elements but they're woven into the mystery so well that the thing plays beautifully years later. You also get some previews of stuff that Hitchcock would do later--like using a national landmark as a backdrop. This time it's the Statue of Liberty. In "North by Northwest," of course, it's Mt. Rushmore. You'll also recognize things that pop up later in "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" in "Saboteur" but let's not give away the show. Robert Cummings is excellent as is the oh-so-charming Otto Kruger. Look for Hitchcock's mini-western in this one. It happens quickly so don't blink.


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