Sabotage at Sea
Directed byLeslie S. Hiscott
Written byMichael Barringer
Produced byElizabeth Hiscott
CinematographyGünther Krampf
Edited byPeter Tanner
Music byW.L. Trytel
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 7 September 1942 (1942-09-07) (UK)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sabotage at Sea is a 1942 British, black-and-white, drama, mystery, war film, directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and starring Jane Carr, Margaretta Scott, David Hutcheson and Ronald Shiner as Ernie the Cook.[1] It was produced by British National Films and Shaftesbury Films.

It has the overall format of a whodunnit but with a clear theme of protecting military secrets during the Second World War.


A series of vignettes introduce us to a selection of people who late turn out to be the individual suspects.

Cargo ship Captain Tracey (David Hutcheson) has discovered that enemy agents have tampered with his ship. The film follows the search for the saboteur. The unlikely scenario means that six would-be subjects are jointly kidnapped/shanghaied and kept on board while he investigates which one is the saboteur.

The suspects include both males and females including members of the shipping company (Digby & Farar) and their relatives.

The investigation tales place en route to New York.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the cast is handicapped by an uneventful, wordy script."[2]


  1. ^ "Sabotage at Sea (1942)". BFI. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Sabotage At Sea".