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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Norman Lloyd


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Aircraft plant worker Robert Cummings is accused of sabotaging his factory and causing the death of a co-worker. Actually, Cummings is the fall guy for a clever ring of Nazi spies, headed by above-suspicion American philanthropist Otto Kruger. Our hero goes on a cross-country chase after genuine saboteur Norman Lloyd, all the while pursued himself by the police. Along


Aircraft plant worker Robert Cummings is accused of sabotaging his factory and causing the death of a co-worker. Actually, Cummings is the fall guy for a clever ring of Nazi spies, headed by above-suspicion American philanthropist Otto Kruger. Our hero goes on a cross-country chase after genuine saboteur Norman Lloyd, all the while pursued himself by the police. Along the way, he acquires a reluctant "travelling companion" in the form of Priscilla Lane, who at first despises Cummings and intends to turn him over to the authorities at the first opportunity, but who gradually comes to realize that the boy is innocent. Alfred Hitchcock intended Saboteur to be the American equivalent to his British The 39 Steps, employing such details as the solid-citizen villain, the handcuffed hero, the unwilling blonde heroine, and any number of stopovers with a variety of offbeat characters (a travelling "freak" show, a compassionate blind man, a grizzled old prospector who turns out to be one of the spies, etc.)

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Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur is a stellar suspense film that the director considered an American version of The 39 Steps. However, the film it is most reminiscent of is Hitchcock's 1959 smash North by Northwest, which also featured an innocent man framed for a crime, who leads a cross-country chase that ends on a national monument. Filled with thrills, laughs, and romance, Saboteur is an exceptional picture whose only fault lies in its weak lead actors. Hitchcock initially lobbied for Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Harry Carey as the three stars, but Universal went with Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, and Norman Lloyd, who stands out in his role as the devious saboteur. Other characters include Otto Kruger as the crooked tycoon behind the terrorism, Vaughan Glaser as the kindly blind man, and Murray Alper as a helpful trucker; all add a wonderful dimension to the film. Much of its success can also be attributed to Dorothy Parker's superb script, which takes Cummings' character on a wild adventure into fantastic locations. Standout sequences include the disturbing opening act of sabotage, a daring escape scene in which Cummings leaps into a river à la Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, an incredible movie theater scene in which onscreen gunfire turns shockingly real, a lavish party scene in which Cummings and Lane are seemingly trapped, and the classic climax in which Cummings and Lloyd dangle precipitously from the Statue of Liberty. Technically, the film is strikingly lighted and shot and is backed by an excellent Frank Skinner score. The director's traditional cameo takes place at a newsstand.

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Universal Studios
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[Full Frame]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Saboteur: A Closer Look; Storyboards: The Statue of Liberty Sequence; Alfred Hitchcock's sketches; Production photographs; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Priscilla Lane Patricia Martin ("Pat")
Robert Cummings Barry Kane
Norman Lloyd Frank Fry
Otto Kruger Charles Tobin
Murray Alper Truck Driver
Vaughan Glaser Phillip Martin
Alma Kruger Mrs. Henrietta Van Sutton
Dorothy Peterson Mrs. Mason
Alan Baxter Mr. Freeman
Clem Bevans Neilson
Oliver Blake Man
Al Bridge Marine Sergeant MP
Paul E. Burns Farmer
Jack Cheatham Detective
Hans Conried Edward
Kernan Cripps Man in Movie Audience
Norma Drury Refugee Mother
Ralph Dunn FBI Man at Mason's House
John Eldredge Footman
Paul Everton Bus Man
Pat Flaherty Navy Man
James Flavin Actor
Eddie Foster Driver for Saboteurs
Jack Gardner Pat's Taxi Driver
Gene Garrick Worker
William Gould Stranger
Charles Halton Sheriff
Vinton Haworth Other Man in Movie
Maggie Hayes Wife in Movie
Samuel S. Hinds Foundation Leader
Selmar Jackson FBI Chief
Milt Kibbee Husband in Movie Audience
Rex Lease Plant Counterman
Will Lee Worker
Alexander Lockwood Marine
Lou Lubin Actor
Jimmie Lucas Taxi Driver
Frank Marlowe George, the Truck Driver
Kermit Maynard Cowhand
Walter Miller Midget
Belle Mitchell Adele, the Maid
Margaret Moffat Neighbor
Gene O'Donnell Jitterbug
Ted Offenbecker Worker
Emory Parnell Husband in Movie
Lee Phelps Plant Policeman
Paul Phillips Driver
Gerald Pierce Elevator Operator
Cyril Ring Party Guest
Jeanne Romer Marigold, Siamese Twin
Lynn Romer Annette, Siamese Twin
William H. Ruhl Deputy Marshal
Jeffrey Sayre Henchman
Charles Sherlock Barry's Taxi Driver
Harry Strang Cop
Torin Thatcher Actor
Jean Trent Blonde Aircraft Worker
Archie Twitchell Motorcycle Cop
Dale Van Sickel FBI Assistant/Phone Operator
Claire Whitney Wife in Movie Audience
Matt Willis Deputy
Marjorie Wood Farmer's Wife
Will Wright Company Official
Barton Yarborough 1st FBI Man at Mason's House
Duke York Deputy
Claire James Deaf Man's Companion
Don Cadell FBI Man
Ian Wolfe Robert the Butler
Frances Carson Society Woman
Kathryn Adams Young Mother
Pedro de Cordoba Bones the Human Skeleton
Billy Curtis Major the Midget
Marie Le Deaux Tatiana the Fat Woman
Anita Bolster Esmeralda the Bearded Lady/Lorelei

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Frank Asst. Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Frank Lloyd Producer
Otto Ludwig Editor
Jack Otterson Art Director
Dorothy Parker Screenwriter
Charles Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Jack H. Skirball Associate Producer
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
Peter Viertel Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saboteur
1. Main Titles [1:29]
2. The Factory Fire [6:38]
3. Prime Suspect [3:48]
4. A Wanted Man [4:59]
5. Mr. Tobin [8:27]
6. The Fugitive [2:51]
7. Mr. Martin's Guest [4:47]
8. Patricia [3:42]
9. Pat's Prisoner [4:11]
10. The Circus Troupe [11:15]
11. Soda City [8:43]
12. Heading for New York [4:00]
13. Unwelcome Surprises [7:02]
14. The Party Crashers [12:38]
15. To Stop a Traitor [9:34]
16. Fry on the Run [4:06]
17. The Statue of Liberty [10:07]
18. End Titles [:24]


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Saboteur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this movie from the library for a fun evening with the family. It did not disappoint! In this memorable adventure story, Robert Cummings portrays a decent, ordinary guy who is falsely accused of murdering his best friend in an aircraft factory explosion during World War II. After escaping from the police, Cummings tracks down the villains to prove his innocence and expose the true enemies to his country. Along the way, he receives help from Priscilla Lane, a likeable [not to mention gorgeous!] girl who at first doubts him, but eventually realizes he is telling the truth. Even the minor characters are memorable, especially the kindhearted troupe of circus freaks. Although the climax is just and fulfilling, the reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that the ending is rather abrupt. We would liked to have seen more closure. Still, it's definitely worth watching, and the characters stick with you after the credits fade. I like Robert Cummings a lot. I’ve seen him in a few romantic comedies before, but I think he did just as well playing this desperate but good hearted man who stands up for himself and his country. Truthfully, I haven’t seen many Alfred Hitchcock movies, but must say that I’ve heard this is one of his milder ones. While it was suspenseful, it wasn’t scary and most likely won’t give the kids bad dreams. They should make more patriotic adventure stories like this today!
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