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This riveting wartime thriller stars Robert Cummings as Barry Kane, a Los Angeles aircraft factory worker who witnesses a Nazi agent firebombing his plant. However, it is Barry who is accused of the fiery sabotage, and to clear his name he sets off on a desperate, action-packed cross-country chase that takes him from Boulder Dam to New York's Radio City Music Hall to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Hitchcock's first film with an all-American cast moves with breakneck speed toward its final heart-pounding confrontation and it remains a suspense classic.
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At that time Hitchcock, the British director known for his own style of suspense, was contracted to Selznick Studios, where only "David O. Selznick" films were able to see public exhibition... But Selznick was a good enough businessman to know the extra income by "lending" unhappy artists to other studios. He earned top gross money, whereas the contract actor just received a fraction of that.
The story is set in WW2, and is thought to put the viewer's attendance to enemies within their own society. Even high class members can be enemies to the US way of democratic society. The intention was to make a propaganda film, like many of the time from different countries with a similar undertone.
Watching the Hitchcock on the large movie screen lets you forget quite fast, what ist was made for. It becomes a fantastic story of suspense, tension and action.
The way the BD is mastered is great, the picture quality stunning. A must own.
My brother and I originally saw it YEARS ago on TCM and were not able to find it since.
Was delighted when I recently found it on Amazon!
I chose the instant video rental option to watch the film.
However, I then realized Amazon offered an option where I could buy the DVD for a few dollars more and they would then throw in a free instant rental so that I could watch the movie right away still.
In retrospect, I wish I would have gone with that option.
Because, although this is one of Hitchcock's older films it's one of my favorites and I wouldn't have mined owning the DVD.
Basically I like the story because not only is it very intriguing as it unfolds - but it also demonstrates both sides of humanity - good and evil. Not only that but the film shows that not every is out to get ya and there are still good people in the world who are willing to help a guy out.
Not giving anything away, per plot: wasn't Priscilla Lane lovely? The typical Hitchcock blond? No. Ms. Lane did some lovely things in this film. Subtle, soft, mean, coy. The Hitchcock name, and a brilliant restoration, or: maybe the film was taken care of. Or, maybe miss Lane was the first blond to appeal to the american ideal of "the Hitchcock blond". Could Priscilla Lane have planted the idea of the, Bergman, Kelly, Miles, Novak, Leigh, Hedren idea's in to the directors head?
I think so.............................................beyond that? Hitchcock would never go.