★★★★☆ UK. 1h16m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Charles Bennett (screenplay) and Joseph Conrad (“Secret Agent”). Cinematography by Bernard Knowles. Edited by Charles Frend. Music by Jack Beaver. Starring Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder, Joyce Barbour, Matthew Boulton, S.J. Warmington.
Loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel The Secret Agent, about a woman who suspects that her husband, a London cinema owner, is a terrorist agent.
Sabotage should not be confused with Hitchcock’s film Secret Agent, which was also released in 1936, but instead loosely based on two stories in the 1927 collection Ashenden: Or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham. It also should not be confused with Hitchcock’s film Saboteur (1942).