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Saboteur -- This riveting wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as Barry Kane, a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses a Nazi agent firebombing his plant.
Saboteur -- 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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Release Date:
24 April 1942 (USA) See more »
Unmasking the man behind your back! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Priscilla Lane ... Pat

Robert Cummings ... Barry

Otto Kruger ... Tobin
Alan Baxter ... Freeman
Clem Bevans ... Neilson

Norman Lloyd ... Fry
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Sutton
Vaughan Glaser ... Philip Martin (as Vaughan Glazer)
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Mason

Ian Wolfe ... Robert
Frances Carson ... Society Woman
Murray Alper ... Truck Driver
Kathryn Adams ... Young Mother
Pedro de Cordoba ... Bones - Circus Troupe
Billy Curtis ... Midget - Circus Troupe
Marie LeDeaux ... Fat Woman - Circus Troupe (as Marie Le Deaux)
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Lorelei - Circus Troupe (as Anita Bolster)
Jean Romer ... Siamese Twin (as Jeanne Romer)
Lynne Romer ... Siamese Twin (as Lynn Romer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hardie Albright ... Detective (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Deputy Sheriff-Driver (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Marine MP Sergeant (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Farmer (uncredited)
Don Cadell ... FBI Man (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Detective Outside Movie Theater (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Edward (uncredited)
Kernan Cripps ... Man in Movie Audience (uncredited)
Mary Curtis ... Midget (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ... Refugee Mother (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... FBI Agent at Mason's House (uncredited)
John Eldredge ... Footman (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... George - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Motorcycle Cop (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Driver for Saboteurs (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Pat's Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Eugene Gericke ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Broadcaster (voice) (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Mr. Pearl (uncredited)
William Gould ... Stranger on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Second Sheriff (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Hayes ... Henry's Wife in Movie (uncredited)
Vinton Hayworth ... Will - Other Man in Movie (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in Front of NY Drugstore (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... FBI Chief (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Man Killed in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Plant Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)

Will Lee ... Rogers (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Marine (uncredited)
Nancy Loring ... Young Mother (uncredited)
Lou Lubin ... Man (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Man in Newsreel Truck (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Cowhand (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Ann McLaughlin ... Baby Susie Brown (uncredited)
Dick Midgley ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Adele - Tobin's Maid (uncredited)

Robert Mitchum ... Passerby (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Margaret Moffatt ... Mrs. Moore - Neighbor (uncredited)
Henry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gene O'Donnell ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Paddy O'Flynn ... Counterman at Statue of Liberty (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Plant Worker (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Henry - Husband in Movie (uncredited)
Ruth Peterson ... Society Woman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Plant Security Officer (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Driver (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Louis Quince ... Tourist (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Ruhl ... Deputy Marshal (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Henchman (uncredited)
Shadow ... Dog (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Barry's Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Byron Shores ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Motorcycle Highway Patrolman (uncredited)
Virgil Summers ... Ken Mason (uncredited)
Torin Thatcher ... Man (uncredited)
Jean Trent ... Blonde Aircraft Worker (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Motorcycle Cop (voice) (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... FBI Assistant - Phone Operator (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... Wife in Movie Audience (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... First Sheriff (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Will Wright ... J.C. Lormans - Company Official (uncredited)
Barton Yarborough ... First FBI Man at Mason's House (uncredited)
Duke York ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Peter Viertel (original screen play) &
Joan Harrison (original screen play) &
Dorothy Parker (original screen play)

Alfred Hitchcock  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Jack H. Skirball .... associate producer
Frank Lloyd .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Frank Skinner (musical score)
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig (film editor)
Edward Curtiss (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director
John P. Fulton .... second unit director: New York (uncredited)
Vernon Keays .... second unit director: Lone Pine (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert F. Boyle .... associate art director (as Robert Boyle)
John DeCuir .... illustrator (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
William Hedgcock .... technician
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunt double: Robert Cummings (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Robert Cummings Horse Riding/Norman Lloyd at the Statue of Liberty (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... camera operator (uncredited)
Virgil Summers .... best boy (uncredited)
Charles Van Enger .... director of photography: Lone Pine (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Other crew
Adele Cannon .... set continuity
David O. Selznick .... technical acknowledgment: Alfred Hitchcock directs through the courtesy of
Crew verified as complete

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109 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:16 | Ireland:PG | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | UK:PG (SubTV) (1992) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (certificate no. 8268)

Did You Know?

The shot of the ship on its side toward the end was an actual shot of the ocean liner SS Normandie, which had caught fire and capsized at its pier in New York. The fire was an accident, not sabotage (a cutting torch accidently set fire to some kapok life vests), though there were rumors of sabotage at the time.See more »
Continuity: When the Las Vegas newspaper is first seen in Freeman's pocket at Soda City, it is folded so that the headline cannot be seen. When Kane looks toward the pocket, the headline catches his eye, yet when he reaches for the paper to pull it out of the pocket, it has the original fold with no headline showing.See more »
Barry Kane:That's the only good part. I'm with you.
Patricia "Pat" Martin:I wish it was somewhere else - the North Pole - I wouldn't care.
Barry Kane:We might wind up there too, chasing Fry over an old glacier.
Patricia "Pat" Martin:Fry. He seems so small now. I'd forgotten about him.
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Is "Saboteur" a remake of "Sabotage"?
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69 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
His American "39 Steps", 19 September 2004
Author: JAMessick from Pocatello, Idaho

Hitchcock made at least 11 films about the ordinary man, wrongly accused, on the run (sometimes really running, sometimes not) to prove his innocence in a situation beyond his control, the first one being "The 39 Steps", which really made him popular in Great Britain. It really is his signature theme.

Others include "Young and Innocent", "Saboteur", "Spellbound", "Stage Fright", "Strangers on a Train", "I Confess", "To Catch a Thief", "The Wrong Man", "North by Northwest", and finally "Frenzy". "Saboteur" starts Robert Cummings as Barry Kane, a wartime aircraft plant worker during wartime accused of murdering his co-worker and best friend during an act of sabotage on the plant. He meets up with model Patricia Martin, played by actress Priscilla Lane, during his run from the law, and later, of course, the various Nazi/Fascist sympathizers along the way.

"Saboteur" is mainly like "The 39 Steps", even including similar plot devices such as handcuffs, the blonde who doesn't trust the main character in the beginning, a race across the country (in one case London to Scotland, and in the other California to New York), and meeting the "colorful" locals along the way. And so, just like "The Man Who Knew Too Much", I believe this is an American remake of one of Hitchcock's earlier works.

I think Robert Cummings was chosen because he comes across as a very ordinary American, sort of an "everyman" with whom the audience can identify. I like Priscilla Lane because her character is a more involved in the action than Madeline Carroll in "The 39 Steps" and Ruth Roman in "Strangers on a Train". As mentioned elsewhere, though, Otto Kruger steals the show as the villain. I also liked Vaughan Glaser's performance as the blind uncle; his lines are great. There are some funny touches all along the way for some comic relief, such as road signs featuring Priscilla Lane's character on them, and circus sideshow performers, and the truck driver, Murray Alper. Contrary to other opinions here, there aren't too many characters who believe Barry Kane's innocence immediately.

There are some slow parts, mainly when the action first moves to New York, but it picks up quickly when the last planned act of the fifth columnists gets underway.

It's one of my favorite films from Hitchcock (I put it in my top 5), especially in these days of the new war on terrorism. I think it hits home.

It makes you think, "Could my coworker be involved in something evil?" In fact, one of the movie posters for "Saboteur" proclaimed "Watch Out for the Man behind your back!" Imagine how that played in the mind of adults during the Second World War.

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