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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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

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Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which a German destroyer shoots down a British airliner at the outset of WWII may have been influenced by the real-life sinking of the S.S. Athenia, the first British passenger ship to have been sunk by U-boats. By coincidence, one of the survivors of the Athenia sinking was actress Judith Evelyn, who later acted in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) and two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). By a further coincidence, Evelyn's father was among the Athenia passengers killed, paralleling the fate of the Fishers in 'Foreign Correspondent' (Carol survives; her father Stephen does not). See more »

Goofs

As the arguing couple depart the elevator at the top of the cathedral tower, its walls can be seen to shake hugely. See more »

Quotes

Scott ffolliott: Who has he shot?
Johnny Jones: Van Meer assassinated.
Scott ffolliott: Dead?
Johnny Jones: Looked like it.
Scott ffolliott: Bad show.
Johnny Jones: Couldn't be much worse from his point of view.
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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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Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Background music played as a ship pulls out of the harbor
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Highly Entertaining Adventure
24 December 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1939, the editor of the New York Globe invites the tough reporter John Jones (Joel McCrea) to be the substitute for the inefficient Stebbins (Robert Benchley) as foreign correspondent in London. His first assignment is to interview the Dutch leader Mr. Van Meer (Albert Basseman) in his lecture for peace in London to know about the possibility of a declaration of war against Germany. Johnny meets Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), the leader of the organization Universal Peace Party that promotes peace, and his beautiful daughter Carol Fisher (Laraine Day), and he has a crush on Carol. When Van Meer is apparently murdered in Amsterdam, Johnny follows the assassin with Carol and the journalist Scott ffolliett (George Sanders) through the countryside and discovers that Van Meer has been abducted indeed. However, nobody believes on the truth and he tangle with an international conspiracy.

"Foreign Correspondent" is a highly entertaining adventure, with a suspenseful story of espionage and an enjoyable romance, with Joel McCrea and Laraine Day showing a perfect chemistry. But the greatest attraction is the plot based on the beginning of the World War II in 1939 practically in real time. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Correspondente Estrangeiro" ("Foreign Correspondent")


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