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Saboteur (1942)

Robert Cummings , Priscilla Lane , Alfred Hitchcock  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger, Norman Lloyd, Alan Baxter
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker
  • Producers: Frank Lloyd
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y10
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saboteur" on IMDb

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    Alfred Hitchcock's exciting 1942 wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses his plant's firebombing by a Nazi agent. During the deadly explosion, Cumming's best friend is killed and he, himself, is wrongly accused of sabotage. To clear his name, Cummings begins a relentless cross-country chase that takes him from Boulder Dam to New York's Radio City Music Hall, and finally, to a harrowing confrontation atop the Statue of Liberty. Hitchcock's first film with an all-American cast moves with breakneck speed towards its spine-tingling climax to create a riveting masterpiece of suspense.

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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Wrong man" thriller looks great on DVD September 19, 2004
    The factory where Barry Kane(Bob Cummings)and his friends work building war time airplanes explodes into flame during a lunchtime break.When Kane and his best friend move in to put out the fire with fire extinguishers (the sprinkler system was mysteriously out of order), Kane's friend is killed. When it's uncovered that the fire extinguisher handed to them by Fry was filled with gas, the authorities suspect sabotage and Kane becomes the prime culprit. Now Kane must track down the mysterious an unfriendly stranger named Fry (Norman Lloyd in a sharp, scary performance) in order to prove his innocence. Fry mysteriously vanishes leaving Kane (in a witty reference to Orson Welles "Citizen Kane")the only visible suspect of the sabotage. In the process he discovers a facist group called "the Fifth Column" which, somehow, is involved in this conspiracy.

    A midperiod minor classic from Hitchcock, "Saboteur" features a number of marvelous sequences that make it instantly memorable. The sequence where Kane tries to save someone dangling from the Statue of Liberty foreshadows his later films like "North by Northwest" and even "Vertigo". The full screen presentation (for those who are interested no movies were shot in widescreen prior to the mid-50's. Widescreen was designed to couteract the effect of television)looks quite good. Universal clearly spent quite a bit of time spiffing up this black and white thriller. The transfer is quite good with solid blacks, whites and grays. The picture occasionally suffers from a bit of edge enhancement and there are occasional analog imperfections but, on the whole, "Saboteur" looks terrific. Universal has done a great job of paying tribute to Hitchcock by putting together this carefully researched and transferred disc.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining WWII Thriller May 15, 2006
    This is a fun to watch wartime thriller from Hitchcock of an aircraft munitions worker forced to take it on the lam and find a Nazi saboteur named Fry when he is wrongly accused of the act of sabotage which killed his best friend. Hitchcock's films often get compared unfairly to each other, but taken on its own terms, this is a wonderfully entertaining suspense film with some genuinely memorable moments.

    Robert Cummings is excellent as munitions worker Barry Kane, in constant danger both from the police and the bad guys, as he traces a network of saboteurs to a man named Tobin (Otto Kruger) at "Deep Springs Ranch." Tobin knows who Fry is but also knows no one will believe Kane. But as Kane narrowly escapes the police and the Nazi sympathizers he is aided by some along the way who can see he is a stand-up guy, wrongly accused.

    One of those people is the blind father of Pat (Priscilla Lane), a billboard model who doesn't share her father's faith in Kane. She starts out doing everthing she can to turn him over to the police but ends up falling in love instead, and in just as much danger as he is. There is a particularly tense scene at a huge party as Kane confronts the cool and slimy Tobin but can't expose the house full of secret agents because Pat has been captured and will be killed if he does.

    This film has some great moments of suspense. One such moment, is a plea for help written in lipstick from a trapped Pat, floating down a skyscraper in New York, waiting to be found. The troop of a circus sideshow play a part in the couple's plight also, as his quest to clear himself takes him from Boulder Dam to Rockefeller Center to the Statue of Liberty.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime Fear on the Silver Screen... December 27, 2003
    Amidst World War II Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) gets falsely accused for blowing up an aircraft factory on the west coast, however, he has one clue which he intends to follow up on. This clue takes him to to the deserts of the United States where he finds reluctant help through a blind man and his daughter Patricia (Priscilla Lane). It seems like the clues lead toward the Big Apple where Barry intends to find the saboteur who really blew up the airplane plant. Saboteur is a suspenseful film that was made during World War II when there was an actual fear for saboteurs, traitors, and spies. This fear must have enhanced the suspense that the film provides, and it is still a thrilling cinematic experience that leaves the audience agape from the beginning to the end.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Hitchcock Film June 25, 2006
    Oh, I'll admit that there are better Hitchcock films, but none have struck a cord with me as much as "Saboteur". From the opening scene at the aircraft plant to the finale played out atop the Statue of Liberty, "Saboteur" is one wild ride set at breakneck speed.

    Robert Cummings (who was not the first choice as I understand) is perfect as Barry Kane, the aircraft worker falsely accused of sabotage. He travels the countryside following the only clue to the wherabouts of the real Saboteur (Norman Lloyd) and discovers the organization behind the attack. Priscilla Lane (of "Arsenic & Old Lace") reluctantly joins Kane in his quest which leads them to New York.

    There are some marvelous scenes, most notably the death of Kane's friend (a particularly graphic death for 1942 audiences), Kane's attempted escapes by horseback and off a bridge, and a gun battle inside Radio City Music Hall.

    My favorite happens aboard the last car of the circus train where the unusual occupants decide (in Democratic fashion) whether to hand Kane over to the police. It symbolizes how even the so-called "rejects" of society still value democratic ideals.

    The film is full of patriotic fervor, which is to be expected given the subject matter and the era in which the film was made. But even when it goes overboard (such as the Uncle's plea to his niece about Kane), the sentiment never threatens to overwhelm the movie.

    This DVD is of the new "Masterpiece" Series (which you can buy all 14 together) and comes with some welcome extras.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Solid entertainment!
    This is solid entertainment! Not a bad moment throughout the whole movie. Every scene will leave a great impression and will be memorable especially the ending.
    Published 26 days ago by Elie Mamieh
    5.0 out of 5 stars What motion pictures are about.
    It is a wild ride, and the viewer has little time to think, and, or ponder. It is about a long ago war, and yet it says so much about today,, anyone listening? Read more
    Published 29 days ago by michael
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Typical Hitchcock
    5 stars

    Go for it if you are a Hitchcock fan. You will not be disappointed.

    Happy Viewing! :) D
    Published 1 month ago by Dianne Kipp
    5.0 out of 5 stars good spy movie
    Arrived early and it works great. It is a very good cat and mouse movie with the good guy trying to clear his name and trying to catch the bad guys.Excellant
    Published 2 months ago by Nancy J. Zupan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Older Hitchcock film!!!
    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... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Christopher E. Mason
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Hitchcock Film
    I find this film as good as 39 Steps and North by Northwest as the "wrong man," wrongly accused of sabotaging an ammunitions plant during WWII, travels across country, from... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Elvin Ortiz
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcok's Best
    A rework of one his early films from Briton, you'll also notice plot devices from such classics as,"The 39 Steps. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Wardo
    4.0 out of 5 stars Saboteur
    I first saw Saboteur when I was just coming of age. My perspective is differnent now, and filmmaking has drastically matured and improved. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by robert spurgeon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classics
    Love the old movies and this is one of the best with Robert Cummings. With all the thrills of a great movie.
    Published 4 months ago by stylus
    I love old b&w films from the 30's and 40's (especially Hitchcock Films). Bought this after purchasing another great 1940's Hitchcock winner (FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT) and being very... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Esmerelda
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