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Sabotage [1936]

Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Writer:Charles Bennett
Composer:Hubert Bath
Jack Beaver
Louis Levy
Length:76 minutes
(1 hour 16 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Mystery
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Reaction: Not too bad.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Alfred Hitchcock => Director
Charles Bennett => Writer
Hubert Bath => Composer
Jack Beaver => Composer
Louis Levy => Composer
Joseph Conrad => Novel "The Secret Agent"
Albert Chevalier => Cinema Commissioner (uncredited)
Austin Trevor => Vladimir - Paymaster at Aquarium (uncredited)
Charles Hawtrey => Studious Youth at the Aquarium (uncredited)
Clare Greet => Mrs. Jones - Cook (uncredited)
Desmond Tester => Stevie - Sylvia's Young Brother
Hubert Leslie => Conspirator (uncredited)
John Loder => Detective Sergeant Ted Spencer
Joyce Barbour => Renee
Martita Hunt => Miss Chatham - The Professor's Daughter (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton => Superintendent Talbot
Oskar Homolka => Verloc - Sylvia's Husband (as Oscar Homolka)
Pamela Bevan => Miss Chatham's Daughter (uncredited)
Peter Bull => Michaelis - Conspirator (uncredited)
S.J. Warmington => Hollingshead
Sylvia Sidney => Mrs. Sylvia Verloc (as Sylvia Sydney)
Torin Thatcher => Yunct - Conspirator (uncredited)
William Dewhurst => Professor A.F. Chatman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film Bartholomew the Strangler is fictitious, as is, so it seems, actor [?] Tom McGurth (who is named on the posters outside the movie theatre).
  • Some erroneous modern sources identify Sara Allgood as the uncredited actress playing the bird shop customer, but she does not appear in this film. The identity of the actress in question is presently unknown.
  • Based on Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent, this sports a different title as Alfred Hitchcock's previous film was called Secret Agent, which was based on stories by W. Somerset Maugham.
  • Robert Donat was originally slated to play Ted Spencer, but a prolonged illness prevented him from playing the role.
  • Some critics objected to the way Alfred Hitchcock chose to end the sequence involving the delivery of the bomb on the bus. Hitchcock, stung by the criticism, is said to have regretted his decision. Nonetheless, the treatment is faithful to Joseph Conrad's book.