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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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On the eve of WWII, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Bassermann ...
Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
Robert Benchley ...
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Frances Carson ...
Charles Wagenheim ...
Eddie Conrad ...
Latvian (as Edward Conrad)


Johnny Jones is an action reporter on a New York newspaper. The editor appoints him European correspondent because he is fed up with the dry, reports he currently gets. Jones' first assignment is to get the inside story on a secret treaty agreed between two European countries by the famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. However things don't go to plan and Jones enlists the help of a young woman to help track down a group of spies. Written by Col Needham <>

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| (uncut version: 120') (cut) (uncut)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Wagner challenged Alfred Hitchcock's claim that he didn't even need to open his script during shooting. On the contrary, Wanger observed that Hitch's copy of the script was dog-eared before the first week of shooting was completed, and that it had "...dialogue corrections on one side, sketches showing the composition of scenes, medium shots and close-ups on the other....In addition to having art directors prepare many sketches showing lights, shades and suggested composition, Hitchcock will make as many as three hundred quick pencil sketches of his own to show the crew just how he wants scenes to look." See more »


Window shadow on Johnny's jacket changes while in his boss's office. See more »


Mr. Powers: How would you like to cover the biggest story in the world today?
Johnny Jones: Give me and expense account and I'll cover anything.
Mr. Powers: I'll give you an expense account.
Johnny Jones: Okay, What's the story?
Mr. Powers: Europe.
Johnny Jones: Well, I'm afraid I'm not exactly equipped, sir, but I can do some reading up.
Mr. Powers: No no, no reading up. I like you just as you are, Mr. Jones. What Europe needs is a fresh, unused mind.
Johnny Jones: Foreign correspondent, huh?
Mr. Powers: No, reporter. I don't want correspondence, I want news.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: To those intrepid ones who went across the seas to be the eyes and ears of America... To those forthright ones who early saw the clouds of war while many of us at home were seeing rainbows... To those clear-headed ones who now stand like recording angels among the dead and dying... To the Foreign Correspondents - this motion picture is dedicated. See more »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1998) See more »


Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Background music played as a ship pulls out of the harbor
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Another Hitchcock crowd-pleaser
2 February 2004 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

The first half hour of Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" looks like it can either be a light romantic comedy or a oddly fashioned drama about current events. But then, there's this scene in the rain, where our hero, played with energy by Joel McCrea, attends a crowded political meeting. McCrea notices his new friend, an elderly ambassador acts vacant and glassy eyed. Then, this mysterious photographer steps in. The photographer has next to his camera, a gun.... At this point "Foreign Correspondent" becomes an inventive chase thriller, darting across the audiences' eyes at a berserk chase. This was the first time that Hitchcock had all of Hollywood's tools at his disposal, and what a spellbinding, constantly fun classic came of it. I look forward to this film making it's DVD debut!

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