Side A, Side B
Spy film, released in 1942 by Universal Studios, directed by the already famous Alfred Hitchcock, where in that moment the people just talked about him in this way, if Hitchcock directs, it is a Hitchcock picture.
A man who works in an airplane factory, his name, Barry Kane interpreted by the actor Robert Cummings, and Norman Lloyd who, came from Broadway as the character of Frank Fry, and Priscilla Lane, as Patricia Martin; and in the other hand, Hitchcock included his common characters, this time was a group of circus freaks, a saboteur whose young son is used to break his toys, and a monstrous buller really inmersed in the blackjack, and the first scene in the airplane factory, with the workers, a letter dropped, suddenly, alarm, God came into their eyes, fire, a scene that showed the smoke and after in full shot, the flames.
Barry Kane, where were you when fire started is what they asked him already in time investigation, there is when he started his road, the two detectives want to arrest him, the who started the fire; this is not an action movie, it is a Hitchcock’s one, although it seems to; for example, between the part of an action film, that we know it is not, we see the motorcycle policeman who appeared in the road of the Kane car and then, we they left, the police man recieved a notification, we are looking for this guy, his name Barry Kane, and after this, he just ride his vehicle and turned back to his road, so that, is suspense also, if he had discovered him another end we might have seen.
On the radio, after, If you see Barry Kane, report him; inmediatly, he tried to continues his scape with a horse, an image that tried to get the western theme into a scene in this suspense movie, the police captured him and in the middle of the road to the jail there is car that block to other side, they are fixing his vechicle, and there is when he evaded captors, it was a bridge and in the bottom the water, he jumped, he scaped and the arrived to the house of a blind man, Barry has the manacles and he will continues this story with the niece of the blind old man, and here the movie became a fact where Shakespeare’s drama is present, but with the following action, to call or not to call the police.
Takeoff, in real life it was the US, official first contribution to the war time and here is a clue, David Selznick was the producer and he really did not want to work with Hitchcock,so the war was being represented not only in the place of battle but if this was a propaganda film, the director and the producer interpreted this role, but not as complete enemies, it was a war in how to opperate this political content, for example, Hitchcock said that the main actor Roberto Cummings did not have the personality required, and if Hitchock began the story in 1941, the production decided, now we can understand who was the production, not only the same David Selznick, modified the content in the filming time so that the film could get to the point; they knew that Hitchcock could give them secuences that only he knows how to create it, but they really wanted to send a message that it was a propaganda movie, so problem broken up.
Evidence of what Hitchcock can do is the famous sequence of the Statue of Liberty at the end of the film, something that everyone was expecting from this director, his personal signature in the road, instead of showing his typical mark about a man accused of a crime he did not commit, and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence, why now, because it was proved already, and it worked before; in the other hand, talking about the story, there is a part where the dialogue says, I am afraid we are not behaving very well, Pat said, and Barry responds, What is the difference, we were not invited anyway, so, who understand this, is the perfect example of what this movie was.
Universal was the studio, and a true New Yorker the cowriter, Dorothy Parker, who started his career writting for Vanity Fair, and after she moved to California and worked as a freelance for various movie studios; before Saboteur she worked with Selznick in the movie A star is born, and now with this new film, Hitchcock and Parker together Hollywood can say that has a movie with the two best of their roles, suspence director and film writer together, so, this movie is under the influence of this particular pair, guru.
Really, you have been invited to the war, no invitation before, no movie, and something was a true story more than the own movie, the star was Hitchcock as the the suspence director, Universal knew it and he made teh deal, David and Parker the assistant, Hitchcock is going to work with us; Did you know that this statue was brought by the french, Pat said, and then, Look overthere, they are comming for you, at the end, a respectable man falls, broken clothes.
Parker and Hitchock together
Statue of liberty Saboteur scene, number three