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Saboteur

Norman Lloyd as the villain Frank Fry in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur

Saboteur was produced and released in 1942. Barry Kane, a young worker in a factory is wrongfully accused of sabotage and killing his best friend. He runs away, being chased both by the police and the terrorist villains. The spectacular finale takes place on top of the Statue of Liberty.

Notable motifs: The chase, the wrong man, the vertigo motif, film in the film, handicapped persons, newspaper (identifying and saving Barry Kane at the villains' cabin in Soda City), subjective camera (Barry Kane's view under the water).

  

Cast

Priscilla Lane... Patricia 'Pat' Martin
Robert Cummings... Barry Kane
Otto Kruger... Charles Tobin
Alan Baxter... Freeman
Clem Bevans... Neilson
Norman Lloyd... Frank Fry
Alma Kruger... Mrs. Sutton
Vaughan Glaser... Phillip Martin (as Vaughan Glazer)
Dorothy Peterson... Mrs. Mason
Ian Wolfe... Robert
Frances Carson... Society Woman
Murray Alper... Truck Driver
Kathryn Adams... Young Mother
Pedro de Cordoba... Bones - Circus Troupe
Billy Curtis... Midget - Circus Troupe
Marie LeDeaux... Fat Woman - Circus Troupe (as Marie Le Deaux)
Anita Sharp-Bolster... Lorelei - Circus Troupe (as Anita Bolster)
Jean Romer... Siamese Twin (as Jeanne Romer)
Lynne Romer... Siamese Twin (as Lynn Romer)

Subjective camera in Saboteur

Barry Kane is watching the detective hiding in the river.

 

Film in the film

Sabotage

The Disney cartoon Who Killed Cock Robin makes Mrs Verloc forget that her little brother is dead, but when Robin is killed, she is reminded of what has happened.

Rebecca

Maxim (Laurence Olivier) and his new wife (Joan Fontaine) are watching film from their honeymoon when it is revealed that she has broken a porcelain figure of Cupid

Saboteur

The villain Frank Fry (Norman Lloyd) flees from the officers through a movie theater, resulting in a shootout.

 
   
   

 

The Wrong Man Motif

In many Hitchcock movies an innocent man is escaping from the police (and often also the bad guys).

 

 

 

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