10 Reasons to Watch SABOTAGE (1936)

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10 Reasons to Watch SABOTAGE (1936)

Dan and Tom look at 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE, the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock classic. Listen to find out why you want to watch the movie.

Dan and Tom discuss 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE, the 1936 Alfred Hitchcock spy movie. Sabotage was also released under the titles The Woman Alone and I Married A Murderer.

  1. The origin of the movie
  2. Spies living among regular people
  3. It’s hard to identify the enemy
  4. Stars one of our favorite spy movie stars
  5. Why Hitchcock didn’t like John Loder as the detective
  6. The influence of a 1935 Disney movie
  7. The opening of the movie
  8. Romance
  9. Exquisite camera and Foley work
  10. And of course, Sabotage”s influence on future spy movies.

So, listen to Dan and Tom to find out the details of their 10 reasons to watch SABOTAGE.

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Do you want to understand the Alfred Hitchcock spy movie techniques? Tony Lee Moral returns to discuss his new book “The Young Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass“. His book teaches you Hitchcock’s process of making a movie. We discuss these techniques with Tony and apply them to how Hitch used them in making his spy movies.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes was released in 1938 and is based, in part, on the book “The Wheel Spins”. It has been remade three times for the big screen and television.

As the title implies, a lady vanishes while on a train. This movie is full of intrigue and is a fantastic spy story. So, once again, a train is a key location for a spy movie and here, it is vital for the story. Music is also a key piece to this movie as well. Listen to find out more!

The Lady Vanishes has more humor than most Hitchcock movies. And, the characters Charters and Caldicott appear in this movie for comic relief. They were so successful that they appeared in other movies in the future.

An interesting trivia question is asked about one of the actors in this episode! See if you know the answer!

So, join Dan and Tom as they decode The Lady Vanishes: Plot and scene analysis, new discoveries, and what movies had this movie influenced or how it was influenced by other spy movies. It is a fun journey!

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Secret Agent – 1936

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Here, Dan and Tom are taking a close look at the 1936 Hitchcock movie, Secret Agent, its influence on future spy movies, and how sometimes being a secret agent is not that secret!

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