Level 2 Hitchcock is still better than most.
- Saboteur review by Steve Mason
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.
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Glass half full Hitchcock is still a good film!
- Saboteur review by AP
I've watched far to much Alfred Hitchcock films. In my, and many of people's opinion they are works of genius!
Looking at his extensive filmography there is still the odd guilty pleasure I have for whatever reason overlooked. Saboteur from 1942 is one such film.
A second world war thriller from during the conflict. Set in the U.S. where Brit Hitchcock was under contract by David O. Selznick by then it deals with elements that were trademark facets of some of his better known films. The innocent man being on the run, chased by lawmen trying to prove his innocence.
In this instance the innocent man is a factory worker, Barry Kane (Robert Cummings). Wrongly implicated for a fatal fire at the factory.
Whilst on the run from California to New York, Kane ends up wooing a law abiding young lady, Pat Martin (Priscilla Lane). The pair do have a screen chemistry as the film develops.
The real bad guys are like a group of terrorists in a James Bond film. Sabotaging not only the factory but a major ship launch in New York.
If you have already watched more mainstream Hitchcock such as The 39 Steps a similar film follows but with a U.S. rather than U.K. setting.
Not one of Hitchcocks best films but certainly not the worse, call it middle of the way. Glass half full Hitchcock is still good!
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