- Ax 2013
Frank Lloyd for Universal
directed by Alfred Hitchcock
starring Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans, Norman Lloyd, Alma Kruger, Vaughan Glaser, Dorothy Peterson, Ian Wolfe, Murray Alper, Kathryn Adams, Pedro de Cordoba, Billy Curtis, Marie Le Deaux, Anita Sharp-Bolser, Jean Romer, Lynne Romer
written by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, Dorothy Parker, music by Frank Skinner
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Alfred Hitchcock was said to have a problem with athornity figures, or as
Penn & Teller put it on their show "Alfred Hitchcock hated
cops, so he always made them look bad in his pictures." How true
this is would be anyone's guess, but one thing is certain: Repeatedly,
he had the police and other authority types getting the wrong person or
suspecting some bystander of a crime. He did it in Frenzy, North
by Northwest, To Catch A Thief and a lesser known film, aptly titled
Wrong Man, just to name a few of them. On a continual basis,
someone fell into an unlikely and horrific situation that was totally
undesired. Saboteur, set at the height of World War II fear and
paranoia, is along this same line.
Robert Cummings plays a man who accidentally meets up with a real spy, who
blows up an aircraft plant. In doing so, Cummings is mistakenly considered to
be a sabotage mastermind, which he is not. He ends up being chased and
chasing others across the USA in an effort to avoid arrest long enough
to prove his innocence.
Much like in North By Northwest, this film offers a dizzying finale.
Where North By Northwest climaxed on Mt. Rushmore, this film ends with a
chase on The Statue Of Liberty, where the falsely accused man is
redeemed and the real bastard falls to his death.
Hitchcock's trademarks may be seen throughout this film and though it is
not always considered to be up there with Frenzy, Psycho, The Birds or
North By Northwest, it is a classic movie with loads of plot twists.