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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Hitchcock Film, June 25, 2006
This review is from: Saboteur (DVD)
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. Such as sketches Hitchcock made of the Statue of Liberty sequence, production notes, trailer, publicity photos, and in particular an informative documentary on the making of the film with an extended interview of the last major cast member still alive, Norman Lloyd. Lloyd is simply wonderful in recalling the stories behind the film and it's almost worth the price of the DVD hearing him tell just how the famous "falling" effect was achieved.

For Hitchcock fans, you already know about this film, for those looking for an exciting movie to pass the evening with, "Saboteur" is one I heartily recommend.

Tidbits:
- The publicity photos included on the DVD are pretty interesting, particulary those that don't seem to have much to do with the film. For example, there is one of Robert Cummings riding a bike and laughing (at what, I don't know).

- The Marine Security Sargent at the dock is Al Bridge, whom you may recognize as one of Prestin Stugis's veteran troop in such films as "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek".

- The credits on Amazon for this film list Robert Mitchum as "Passerby". If true, this would be his first film appearence (after several viewings, I've yet to identify him).

- The original trailer for "Saboteur" is included. It starts off like most typical trailers with scenes from the film. Then Robert Cummings enters in character as Barry Kane and describes what happens to him. A different approach than most trailers and a refreshing change.
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