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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Not Rated  |   |  Romance, Thriller, War  |  16 August 1940 (USA)
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On the eve of WWII, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

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Herbert Marshall ...
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Albert Bassermann ...
Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
Robert Benchley ...
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Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
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Frances Carson ...
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Charles Wagenheim ...
Eddie Conrad ...
Latvian (as Edward Conrad)
Charles Halton ...
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Storyline

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 <col@imdb.com>

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MYSTERY IN WHISPERS that cracks like THUNDER! (original print ad - many caps) See more »

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Romance | Thriller | War

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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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Trivia

Albert Bassermann (who played the Dutch diplomat Van Meer) couldn't speak a word of English and learned all his lines phonetically. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene at the windmill site the aircraft circling is in two scenes a single-engine, single-tail, high-wing type, and in a subsequent scene it suddenly becomes a twin-engine, twin-tail, low-wing aircraft. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[Radio broadcast from London]
Johnny Jones: Hello, America. I've been watching a part of the world being blown to pieces. A part of the world as nice as Vermont, and Ohio
[siren sounds]
Johnny Jones: , and Virginia, and California, and Illinois lies ripped up and bleeding like a steer in a slaughterhouse, and I've seen things that make the history of the savages read like Pollyanna legends. I've seen women...
[bombs begin exploding]
English Announcer: It's a raid; we shall have to postpone the broadcast.
Johnny Jones: Oh, postpone, nothing! ...
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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 »

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Referenced in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) See more »

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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
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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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