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My favourite Hitchcock: Foreign Correspondent

28 August 2012 7:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hitchcock's breathless tale of an American pressman in a Europe on the brink of war was labelled a 'masterpiece of propaganda' by Josef Goebbels

It's always the same when you dilly dally in getting up to the buffet at a social function – most of the luxury dishes are gone. So being late to this party it was no surprise my favourite fare was already devoured: my all-time favourite film The 39 Steps, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Strangers on a Train. But perhaps when the high-end items are out of the equation it allows you time to revisit some of the more humble fare, and when the chef is five-star, humble fare nourishes the mind and soul.

Foreign Correspondent is described variously as a lesser Hitchcock work, a shameless exercise in propaganda, a glorified B-movie and one of the greatest spy thrillers ever made. It is all of these and »

- Saptarshi Ray

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Ann Rutherford Bio: Titanic Old Rose Invitation

12 June 2012 2:11 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gone With The Wind Actress Ann Rutherford Dies. [Photo: Ann Rutherford as Carreen O'Hara, Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.]

Ann Rutherford‘s most notable screen roles were in films made away from both MGM and Wallace Beery. She was a young woman who falls for trumpeter George Montgomery in Archie Mayo’s 20th Century Fox musical Orchestra Wives (1942), and became enmeshed with (possibly) amnesiac Tom Conway in Anthony Mann’s Rko thriller Two O’Clock Courage (1945).

Following a couple of minor supporting roles — in the Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) at Goldwyn and the Errol Flynn costumer The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) at Warner Bros. — and the female lead in the independently made cattle drama Operation Haylift (1950), opposite Bill Williams, Ann Rutherford retired from the screen. (Rutherford would later say that her Operation Haylift experience was anything but pleasant.)

She then turned to television, making regular television appearances in the ’50s (The Donna Reed Show, Playhouse 90, »

- Andre Soares

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