Los Angeles aircraft worker Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) 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 (Otto Kruger). Along the way, he involves Pat Martin (Pricilla Lane), eventually preventing another major act of sabotage. They finally catch up with Frank Fry (Norman Lloyd), the man who actually committed the act of sabotage at the aircraft factory. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
By 5 minutes in, with just a handful of images and happenings, Hitchock casually introduces 2 complex conflicts, a host of intriguing characters and one thrilling mystery. Impressive filmmaking, excellent themes and a good story, but perhaps not the most genuine performances or authentic emotion. An altogether good movie, but the first 5 minutes are flat-out brilliant. Susie: best baby-role ever.
‘Saboteur’ was Hitchcock’s fifth American film and his first film to directly address America’s late entry into WWII, made in 1942 and focusing on the dangers fifth column activity represented in the… read review
This odd thriller is riddled with plotholes and dated by its overly-patriotic themes, but Saboteur still has moments of gripping suspense and impactful cinematography thanks to Hitchcock’s unfaultering… read review