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Saboteur (1942)

PG | | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patricia (Pat) Martin
... Barry Kane
... Charles Tobin
... Freeman
... Neilson
... Frank Fry
... Mrs. Henrietta Sutton
Vaughan Glaser ... Philip Martin aka Mr. Miller (as Vaughan Glazer)
... Mrs. Mason
... Robert
Frances Carson ... Society Woman
... Truck Driver
... Young Mother
... Bones - Circus Troupe
... Midget - Circus Troupe
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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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Unmasking the man behind your back! See more »

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Thriller | War

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24 April 1942 (USA)  »

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(copyright length)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock cut corners wherever he could. The mansion set was built onto a staircase left over from a Deanna Durbin musical; a back-lot storage building became the doomed aircraft plant. He also included a number of mattes and rear projections, the use of which has long been the subject of debate about the director (ingenious cinematic statement or obvious special effect?). See more »

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(at around 1h 21 mins) Tobin descends the stairs and shakes hands with an officer. He shakes with his left hand. The images are mirrored. See more »

Quotes

[Philip, a blind man, explains to Patricia why he believes Barry is innocent]
Phillip Martin: Don't you know I can see a great deal farther than you can? I can see intangible things. For example, innocence.
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Tonight We Love
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Music from "Piano Concerto in B Flat Minor" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music adapted by Freddy Martin and Ray Austin
Lyrics by Bobby Worth
Sung by the men in the car
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WWII Hitchcock sheds light on master's tendencies
12 February 2004 | by 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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