Saboteur (Universal 1942, Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane)

Saboteur Robert Cummings

Alfred Hitchcock’s briskly paced wartime thriller Saboteur was made famous by the unforgettable climax that has the film’s villain dangling from the torch of the Statue of Liberty.

An aircraft worker (Cummings) becomes a fugitive when he’s falsely accused of sabotaging the factory where he works. On a cross-country chase to clear his name, he remains a step ahead of the police and a step behind the real culprit, who’s part of a ring of Nazi spies.

A fascinating, twisty tale penned by Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker and Peter Viertel, with the action set in some of America’s most recognizable locations, including Radio City Music Hall, Boulder Dam, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty.

Hitchcock thought Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane and Otto Kruger weren’t engaging enough for Saboteur. He initially lobbied for Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Harry Carey, but they were unavailable.

Cast: Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter,

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producers: Frank Lloyd, Jack H. Skirball
Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine
Editor: Otto Ludwig
Composers: Charles Previn, Frank Skinner
Screenwriters: Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker, Peter Viertel
Production Designer: Jack Otterson

USA / Universal 108 minutes / 1942

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