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Saboteur (Film)

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Saboteur (film)1
Saboteur (film)
Saboteur
Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Produced by
Frank LloydJack H. Skirball (associate producer)
Written by
Peter ViertelJoan HarrisonDorothy Parker
Starring
Robert CummingsPriscilla LaneOtto KrugerNorman Lloyd
Music by
Frank Skinner
Cinematography
Joseph A. Valentine
Editing by
Otto LudwigEdward Curtiss (uncredited)
[
citation needed 
]
Studio
Frank Lloyd Productions, Inc.
Distributed by
Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
April 22, 1942
Running time
108 minutes
Country
United States
Language
English
Saboteur
is a 1942 Universal film directed by Alfred Hitchcock with a screenplay written by Peter Viertel, JoanHarrison and Dorothy Parker. The film stars Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings and Norman Lloyd. It should not beconfused with a Hitchcock film of a similar title,
Sabotage
(also known as
The Woman Alone
, 1936).
Plot summary
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane is accused of starting a fire at a Glendale, California airplane plant during WorldWar II, an act of sabotage that killed his friend Mason. Kane believes the real culprit is a man named Fry whohanded him a fire extinguisher filled with gasoline during the fire, causing Mason's death. When the investigatorsfind no one named "Fry" on the list of plant workers, they assume Kane is the saboteur.Kane and Mason had seen Fry's name on an envelope the saboteur dropped before the fire, so Kane heads to theaddress, a ranch in the High Desert. The ranch owner, Charles Tobin, appears to be a well-respected citizen, althoughhe later reveals that he is working with the saboteurs. Tobin's young granddaughter hands some mail to Kane thatreveals Fry has gone to Soda City, while Tobin has gone to call the sheriff. Kane escapes the police, taking refugewith a kind blind man whose visiting niece is a billboard model, Patricia "Pat" Martin. Although her uncle asks herto take Kane to the local blacksmith shop to have his handcuffs removed, she attempts to take him to the police.Kane kidnaps Martin, protesting his innocence to her. When she stops the car and gets out, threatening to stop thefirst car that comes by, he uses the fan-belt pulley of her car's generator to cut off his handcuffs, causing the car tooverheat.As night falls, the couple stow away in the last trailer of a passing circus caravan, occupied by circus performers.The performers quickly recognize them as fugitives but decide to shield them from the officers.
 
Saboteur (film)2Kane and Martin reach the abandoned Soda City and find a staging area for the saboteurs' plan to blow up BoulderDam. Kane is discovered by the saboteurs, but conceals Martin and convinces the saboteurs that he is in league withthem. After finding their plans to destroy the dam foiled, Kane convinces the saboteurs to take him with them toNew York City. He learns of their plans to sabotage the launching of a new U.S. Navy ship at the Brooklyn shipyard.Kane's performance has fooled Martin as well; she contacts the authorities, hoping to get to New York in time to foilthe saboteurs' plans.The saboteurs arrive in New York but find the phone at their office disconnected, indicating the police are on tothem. They drive to the mansion of a New York dowager, meeting with her and other conspirators. Kane finds thecaptured Martin, who was betrayed by a corrupt sheriff. As Kane attempts to signal her that she should escape, Tobinarrives, recognizing Kane and denouncing him as a foe of the conspiracy. The saboteurs lock Kane in the cellar andMartin in an office at Rockefeller Center. Martin drops a note from her window, alerting cabbies on the street to herlocation. They notify the FBI who rescue her. Kane triggers a fire alarm at the mansion and escapes in thepandemonium.Desperate to warn someone of the impending sabotage, Kane reaches the shipyard, then stumbles onto Fry at thecontrols inside a fake newsreel truck. They struggle long enough for Kane to prevent Fry from pushing the bomb'sdetonator. Fry takes Kane prisoner, and his accomplice drives them to Rockefeller Center, but they find the policeand FBI waiting to arrest them. Fry's flight from the officers takes him into a movie theatre, where he shoots aspectator to create confusion, allowing him to escape. As he exits, Kane and Martin are leaving the building, Kane inthe custody of an FBI agent. Seeing Fry getting into a taxi, Kane tells Martin to follow the spy. Martin follows Fry ashe boards a boat to Liberty Island, attracting his attention, then sees him walk into the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. She calls the FBI office, then goes into the statue herself, climbing to the top of the statue, where she strikesup a conversation with Fry, stalling the spy until Kane and the FBI arrive.Kane escapes his escort and encounters Martin, who tells him that Fry is getting away, so Kane pursues Fry onto thetorch viewing platform. When Kane emerges from the tunnel he confronts Fry. Fry falls over the torch's railing, butgrabs hold of the statue's hand. Kane climbs down to rescue Fry. The police and FBI agent reach the torch, watchingfrom the railing. When Fry's grip slips, Kane grabs the sleeve of Fry's jacket. The stitching of Fry's sleeve gives way,causing Fry to fall to his death. Kane climbs back up to the torch and embraces Martin.
Cast
Priscilla Lane as Patricia "Pat" MartinRobert Cummings as Barry KaneOtto Kruger as Charles TobinNorman Lloyd as FryAlan Baxter as FreemanClem Bevans as NeilsonIan Wolfe as RobertRalph Brooks as Party Guest (uncredited)Hans Conried as Edward (uncredited)Selmer Jackson as FBI Chief (uncredited)
 
Saboteur (film)3
Production
Hitchcock was under contract to David O. Selznick, so he first pitched the idea for the film to him; Selznick gave theokay for a script to be written, assigning John Housemanto keep an eye on its progress and direction.
[1]
Val Lewton,Selznick's story editor, eventually passed on the script, so Selznick forced Hitchcock to offer it to other studios,"causing ill feelings between the producer and his director since it not only showed a lack of belief in Hitchcock'sabilities, but also because the terms of Hitchcock's contract would net Selznick a three-hundred percent profit on thesale."
[1]
Universal signed on, but their budgetary limits meant Hitchcock couldn't afford Gary Cooper and BarbaraStanwyck, the two actors he wanted for the leading roles; Universal did bring in Dorothy Parker to write a fewscenes, "mostly the patriotic speeches given by the hero."
[1]
Production on the film began less than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
[2]
Hitchcock used extensive location footage in the film, especially in New York City, and utilized special long lensesto shoot from great distances. At one point Norman Lloyd glances at a capsized ship in the harbor and smilesknowingly. The ship shown is the former
SS Normandie
(renamed the
USS Lafayette
in the film) which was rumoredto have been sabotaged by the Germans.
[3]
Regarding this scene, Hitchcock said: "the Navy raised hell withUniversal about these shots because I implied that the
 Normandie
had been sabotaged, which was a reflection ontheir lack of vigilance in guarding it."
[]
There was clever matching of the location footage with studio shots, many using matte paintings for background, forexample in shots of the western ghost town, "Soda City". The famed Statue of Liberty sequence takes place on thetorch platform, which had actually been closed to public access after the Black Tom sabotage of July 30, 1916. Amock-up built for filming gave an accurate depiction of this part of the statue.Hitchcock makes his trademark cameo appearance about an hour into the film, standing at a kiosk in front of CutRate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car pulls up. In his book-length interview with François Truffaut (Simonand Schuster, 1967), Hitchcock says he and Parker filmed a cameo showing them as the elderly couple who seeCummings and Lane hitchhiking and drive away, but that he decided to change that shot to the existing cameo.There was no music to underscore the film's climactic movie theatre scene; Hitchcock chose to let the action on thescreen propel the scene on its own. The scene also utilized visual effects that were ahead of their time. In particular,Lloyd lay on his side on a black saddle on a black floor while the camera was hauled from closeup to 40-feet abovehim. Film taken from the top of the Statue was then superimposed onto the black background, making him appear todrop downward, away from the camera.
[4]
Reception
The film did "very well at the box office even with its B-list cast"; it made a "tidy profit for all involved."
[1]
Bosley Crowther of 
The New York Times
called the filma "swift, high-tension film which throws itself forward sorapidly that it permits slight opportunity for looking back. And it hurtles the holes and bumps which plague it with aspeed that forcefully tries to cover them up."
[5]
Crowther noted that "so abundant [are] the breathless events that onemight forget, in the hubbub, that there is no logic in this wild-goose chase"; he also questioned the "casualpresentation of the FBI as a bunch of bungling dolts, [the film's] general disregard of authorized agents, and [its] sluron the navy yard police", all of which "somewhat vitiates the patriotic implications which they have tried toemphasize in the film."
[5]
Time
magazine called it "one hour and 45 minutes of almost simon-pure melodrama from the hand of the master";the film's "artful touches serve another purpose which is only incidental to
Saboteur 
's melodramatic intent. Theywarn Americans, as Hollywood has so far failed to do, that fifth columnists can be outwardly clean and patrioticcitizens, just like themselves."
[6]
Norman Lloyd states after Ben Hecht saw the film he told Hitchcock, regarding the finale's death of Lloyd'scharacter due to an unravelling sleeve, "He should have had a better tailor."
[7]

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