Saboteur (1942)

PG  |   |  Thriller, War  |  24 April 1942 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Baxter ...
Alma Kruger ...
Vaughan Glaser ...
Philip Martin (as Vaughan Glazer)
Dorothy Peterson ...
Frances Carson ...
Murray Alper ...
Kathryn Adams ...
Pedro de Cordoba ...
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Midget - Circus Troupe


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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Release Date:

24 April 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinquième colonne  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock wanted Gary Cooper or Joel McCrea for the leading role. Cooper wasn't interested in doing a thriller. McCrea wanted to work with Hitchcock again, but was unavailable. So the role finally went to Robert Cummings. See more »


At the beginning a Soda-Ash fire extinguisher is filled with Gasoline. Soda-Ash units are pressurized when it's turned upside down. This opens a stopper, releasing Sulfuric Acid into the water which is mixed with baking soda. This results in a large amount of CO2 being generated, pressurizing the canister. Without this gas the Gasoline would hardly come out. See more »


Charles Tobin: You have all the makings of an outstanding boor.
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It may not be top shelf Hitchcock but 'Saboteur' is still a very entertaining thriller.
17 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Saboteur' isn't one of Hitchcock's best known movies but it shouldn't be completely dismissed for that reason. It's a very entertaining "innocent man on the run" thriller, a theme he had previously used to great success in 'The 39 Steps', and would later recycle in one of his most popular movies 'North By Northwest' (and one which still gets used time and time again by Hollywood - see 'The Fugitive', 'Enemy Of The State', 'Minority Report' and countless others). Some people slam Robert Cummings (who later appeared in Hitchcock's 'Dial M For Murder') as being a bit lightweight, but I think he's actually pretty good as a leading man, and Priscilla Lane ('Arsenic And Old Lace') is also not bad, and the two do show some on screen chemistry. Of course with more charismatic leads 'Saboteur' would have been greatly improved, but as it is it's good enough. One actor in the cast I think is really terrific is Otto Kruger ('Murder, My Sweet') who plays Tobin, one of Hitchcock's best ever villains. 'Saboteur' is action packed and keeps things interesting. There's a good sequence with a traveling circus, memorable bit parts from a truck driver and a blind man, and the climax is great stuff and vintage Hitch. If you are new to Hitchcock I could name at least a dozen of his movies to watch before this one, but if you've seen his "greatest hits" try 'Saboteur', it's lots of fun.

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