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A trial run for North by Northwest, though lacking the thematic resonances, with the innocent hero (Cummings) on the run after being framed as a saboteur in the munitions factory where he works, and trying to get the Nazi agents before the police get him. A little on the bland side in its two leads, though suave Kruger and sweaty Lloyd compensate with their vivid villainies. Lots of echoes of earlier British Hitchcock, plus the charmingly bizarre encounter with the caravan-load of circus freaks, the charity ball from which there appears to be no exit, and the classic climax atop the Statue of Liberty.

By: TM

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Wednesday April 22 1942
Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: Dorothy Parker, Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison
Cast: Otto Kruger
Alma Kruger
Robert Cummings
Norman Lloyd
Alan Baxter
Priscilla Lane
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