Saboteur (1942)

June 21st, 2024
Author: Meredith Taylor

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock | Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings | US Thriller

Although largely forgotten today, ‘Saboteur’ was praised by Julian Maclaren-Ross in his seminal 1946 piece on Alfred Hitchcock, and represents probably the most substantial link in the chain that connects his thirties chase thrillers like the 1935 version of ‘The 39 Steps’ with ‘North by Northwest’.

Hitchcock’s well-known flair for making unorthodox use of famous locations takes us through Edmund Gwenn’ s plunge from Westminster Abbey in Foreign Correspondent’ through Norman Lloyd’s fall from the Statue of Liberty at the conclusion of ‘Saboteur’ to the famous climax of ‘North by Northwest’ on the face of Mount Rushmore; while the scene in which Robert Cummings bluffs his way out of a high class party where every exit is guarded by goons was later memorably done for laughs when Cary Grant disrupted an auction by mischievous bidding in ‘North by Northwest’ @RichardChatten



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