SABOTAGE

(1936)
With Oscar Homolka, Sylvia Sidney, Desmond Tester, John Loder
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     Mr. Verloc (Oscar Homolka), a seemingly benign theatre owner, is actually the member of a gang  of foreign saboteurs who have infiltrated London.  His wife (Sylvia Sidney) and her teenaged brother (Desmond Tester) suspect nothing at first, but the wife's suspicions are gradually aroused by her husband's secretive behavior.  A film that continues to grow in critical esteem as the years pass, SABOTAGE is now considered among the best films of Alfred Hitchcock's British period.  The climactic scene, in which the young brother must deliver a film can that contains a bomb, is one of Hitchcock's most famous and suspenseful set-pieces.  ½ - JL

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