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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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

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Albert Bassermann ...
Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
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Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
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Frances Carson ...
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Charles Wagenheim ...
Eddie Conrad ...
Latvian (as Edward Conrad)
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to press release information, more than 600 laborers - electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and prop men - worked on the sets for the film. A 600 x 125 stage was used to recreate Waterloo Station for a few scenes, and even more extravagantly, an entire square in Amsterdam was constructed on a 10-acre site at a cost of $200,000. The scenes in the square, including the elaborate assassination and getaway shots, took place during a rainstorm, so the set had to be rigged with an elaborate drainage system. See more »

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When Johnny first comes across Van Meer in the windmill,his raincoat is closed and tightly belted. He reaches into his lapel pocket to get out a pen,but never undoes the belt. When he moves away from Van Meer after hearing the men on the stairs, his belt is all the way undone,and his raincoat is loose. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Jones: I'm in love with a girl, and I'm going to help hang her father.
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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 Remington Steele: Steele in the News (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
(1814) (uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
In the score and sung by unspecified voices at the end
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Never pauses for breath...
6 October 2004 | by (Berkshire, England) – See all my reviews

What a movie!

I literally could not believe how great this movie was once I'd seen it for the first time. After a short intro we are thrust directly into the action and from there on in, it's one thrilling set-piece after another.

We go from kidnapping to assassination, to car chase, to discovery of plot, to escape from a hotel, to a twist regarding the leader of the enemy, to a wonderful sequence with a hired bodyguard who is in fact an assassin, to a fake kidnapping set up by the heroes, to torture scene, to rescue, to plane crash at sea...

It's dizzying that this was all intended for one film and when the end credits rolled you really felt like you'd got your money's worth. If I'd have watched this movie when it came out in the forties, I would have praised Hitchcock all night for giving me ten superb movies in one for my dollar.

In short (although you can hardly call these ramblings short) check this movie out. If you're a fan of escapist, thrilling adventures populated by superb characters (see George Sanders as ffolliot, and Robert Benchley as Stebbins) you will be delighted. This is one of Hitch's lesser seen gems and deserves to be rediscovered without delay


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