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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Saboteur (1942)

Saboteur (1942)

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(p.91) 10 Saboteur (1942)
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Hitchcock and the Censors
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John Billheimer

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.003.0011

This chapter examines the influence of Production Code censors and wartime conditions on the production of Saboteur. War with Germany freed moviemakers from the shackles of the Neutrality Act, so that the common enemy could be identified without fear of censorship. Censors instead focused on several class-conscious remarks inserted in the script by left-leaning author Dorothy Parker suggesting a disdain for the police and the upper classes. The film did well at the box office and less well with critics, but Hitchcock created a memorable finale on the Statue of Liberty and succeeded in his attempt to make a thriller warning the US of the dangers of internal sabotage and the pro-German leanings of the America First Party.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Dorothy Parker, propaganda, Statue of Liberty, Production Code Administration, America First Party, sabotage, Saboteur

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