So did Bob Cummings save the battleship or not?
Though I'm a big Hitchcock fan, I never got around to watching this movie until last night. I enjoyed it--Bob Cummings was very likable as the hero and it was, of course, visually fun to look at.
But I do sympathize with some of the criticisms of this film. It does end abruptly--we don't get to see anything about the fates of Tobin, Snooty Old Nazi Lady, or the guy who had long curls as a kid. They were too important to the film to just drop away like that. Are they caught? Does Tobin get away to Central America? Gee whiz, I really wanted to see Snooty Old Nazi Lady in handcuffs!!!
I am a little more forgiving of the fact that Cummings keeps stumbling over people willing to help him get away from the cops. That was to set up Cummings speech to Tobin later on about the kindness of people living in a free society. It's still a bit corny, but I'm willing to buy it for the sake of the movie's theme.
But there's one thing I have a question about. I thought Cummings saved the battleship by keeping Norman Lloyd from pressing the button on time. But later on, Lloyd looks our the taxi window and smirks at the site of a capsized ship in the harbor.
Having only watched the movie once, I realize I might have missed something obvious. But I wasn't clear on whether that was the same ship, showing us that Cummings DIDN'T save the ship. Or was Lloyd gloating over some previous bit of sabotage? Does anyone know?