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(1942) Robert Cummings uncovers a spy ring while on a cross-country lam from a phony sabotage rap. Among touches by co-scripter Dorothy Parker: the caravan of circus freaks; echt Hitchcock touch: saboteur Norman Lloyd’s smirking glance out of cab window establishing responsibility for the sinking of the Normandie. Rehearsal for North by Northwest, with spectacular Statue of Liberty climax. Approx. 108 min. DCP restoration.
“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.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)
“The Hitchcock film par excellence.”
– David Shipman
“Its succession of incredible climaxes, its mounting tautness and suspense, its mood of terror and impending doom could have been achieved by no one else.”