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Saboteur 1942

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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.

Starring:
Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Thriller
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings
Supporting actors Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans, Norman Lloyd, Alma Kruger, Vaughan Glaser, Dorothy Peterson, Ian Wolfe, Frances Carson, Murray Alper, Kathryn Adams, Pedro de Cordoba, Billy Curtis, Marie LeDeaux, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Jean Romer, Lynne Romer, Hardie Albright
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2004
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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Like their previous Blu-ray upgrades of "Shadow of a Doubt" and "Psycho", Universal finally gives "Saboteur" it's due with a near pristine picture for it's Blu-ray debut. I've owned every format of this Hitchcock film(VHS,DVD) and was stunned by the picture and sound. "Saboteur" has never looked better on Blu-ray and the restoration team at Universal deserves the highest praise for making this film finally look the way it should. Filmed in black and white, there is no print damage(vertical lines, dirt, white specs, etc.) compared to previous video versions with blacks, whites, and grays looking clear and sharp. You can make out the smallest details and the overall picture quality is well balanced throughout. The story is a familiar one for Hitchcock that he returned to time and again-that of a man wrongly accused of a crime and the things he does to clear his name. The storyline might not be familiar to those not well-versed in World War II espionage on the home-front, but it does contain the famous Statue of Liberty scene that is the climax of the film. As for the Audio, it's been cleaned up too and there is no more static or hiss that plagued previous versions. Credit once again should be given to the expert restoration team at Universal for their superb work. Besides the above mentioned Hitchcock titles that have been restored on Blu-ray, the team at Universal has recently given new life to such black and white classics as "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Cape Fear"(both from 1962) for new audiences to discover and enjoy. "Saboteur" is 109 minutes(Aspect ratio: 1.33) and contains the following subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, and French. Audio includes: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono and English Dolby Digital 2.0.Read more ›
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