Alfred Hitchcock's exciting 1942 wartime thriller starring 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 a top the Statue of Liberty.
Level 2 Hitchcock is still better than most.
- Saboteur review by Steve Mason
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A propaganda film made in the wake of Pearl Harbour was about the need for vigilance against Nazi spies, and the studio had small hopes for it, offering a B movie budget. So Hitch did that most remarkable thing: he made a Hitchcock film out of it.
It is more or less a remake of the 39 Steps. Robert Cummings is wrongly accused of industrial sabotage, and takes to the road in order to clear his name. His adventures take him into the heart of America, a particular highlight being an episode with a travelling circus. Some of these encounters lead to opportunities to express patriotism. Others teach us to be wary of the motives of strangers.
The finale on the top of the Statue of Liberty became quite famous. Robert Cummings does a good job as that staple of American cinema: the man who is placid in peace, but determined when under threat. A very entertaining, humorous, exciting and likeable film.