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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Wagner purchased the rights to Vincent Sheean's political memoir Personal History (1935) for $10,000. He decided to discard it after he declared several screenplays based on the book unsatisfactory. See more »


The film is reversed left-to-right during the chess game at the police station. See more »


Johnny Jones: I'm in love with you, and I want to marry you.
Carol Fisher: I'm in love with you, and I want to marry you.
Johnny Jones: Hmm... that cuts down our love scene quite a bit, doesn't it?
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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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Roses from the South, Opus 388
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Composed by Johann Strauss
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Hitch was firing on all cylinders
15 January 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This film is a true gem, that had all of the touches we have come to associate with films of the master. While "Rebecca" (from the same year) may have garnered more recognition, it was an extremely brooding film that lacked the trademark Hitchcock sense of humor.

"Foreign Correspondent" however, had it all. The suspense is unrelenting, building to a spectacular climax. It had many of those dazzling Hitchcock sequences: the assassination in Amsterdam, the scene in the cathedral tower and, especially, the sequence in the windmill, which is pure magic!

Of course, it also had that classic sense of humor and a slew of terrific character roles, including Edmund Gwenn as the most cherubic and cheerful hit man you've ever seen! The final scene was strictly American propaganda, but that can probably be forgiven considering the subject matter of the film and the time of it's release.

All in all, a wonderful example of the master at his best, that deserves to be dusted off and enjoyed alongside some of it's more celebrated cousins!

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