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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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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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16 August 1940 (USA)  »

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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

Producer Walter Wanger had the story in development for several years. Originally it was about the Spanish Civil War but that war ended too quickly and therefore the story lost its relevance to audiences. Wanger insisted that the film be politically up-to-date so rewrites were happening constantly throughout production. Ultimately, 14 writers in all were involved in bringing the story to the screen. See more »

Goofs

The hair of Carol Fisher is wet after she completely submerges next to ffolliott after the plane crash. In the exact next shot her hair is nearly dry again. 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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Referenced in The Dick Cavett Show: Alfred Hitchcock (1972) See more »

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Roses from the South, Opus 388
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Composed by Johann Strauß
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early Hitchcock masterpiece
12 June 2004 | by (Mississippi,USA) – See all my reviews

When one dotes on Hitchcock's overall work, this film isn't probably the first one mentioned. However, the film is just a fun work of a true legend. The film is something that must be seen. Once it is, you learn that Hitch was a true genius. Look at several escapes from true death by our New York Globe correspondent Jones(a terrific McCrea). The first,being a windmill sequence, is a highly visual wonder. First the way it is captured and done by Hitch is fun to see. Jones has to be slippery because he knows there are spies all over in the windmill. Jones has to slither around constant turning spools and dodge many men. The reason he is here in the first place is to catch a man who supposedly shot a major player in stopping a war about to begin. This man is shot "dead" near a rainy building where a summit is going to be held. There is a sequence where the shooter runs through a maze of people holding umbrellas which is masterly shot. Jones chases the shooter into a windmill. That sequence doesn't even come close to the ending. I'll get to that in a minute. The second escape from death occurs when Jones is in his hotel room. These two men plan to kill Jones. Jones looks through a key hole to his bathroom and see the two pull guns. Jones escapes through the bathroom window. There is a shot where Jones is going across a ledge to get to a room across the way where he passes the lights to the hotel(HOTEL EUROPE). During this Jones knocks out one of the lights. This is well shot and brilliant. The ending is a knockout considering it was done in 1940. This sequence occurs on a plane. The plane is shot down. This sequence is mezmerising to behold. It is so well shot that I was stunned by it's complete perfection. Hitch nails every detail. From how the passengers escape to how they survive on the ocean. The film should be seen for just this sequence alone. It is a showstopper. The film has a very complex story. It is about a man who must find out the facts..the truth about whether Europe is going to war. Obviously, it is the nazis, but we aren't given specifics. We do know Germany has a lot to do with it. The story is shot with precision. Hitch guides the story perfectly with tense pacing and delicately handles situations. How our hero makes it through the film without being killed is well done. The film isn't stupid and understands that our hero's survival must be realistic, yet well managed to hold suspense. In a way, Hitch needs to keep you spellbound in wondering how he could survive. The love story between a major politician in London's daughter and Jones is not just a sub plot. It serves the film in every way. The plot is centered on the relationship. The way it ends depends on the romance. The film should be seen by those who are Hitchcock fans. It is a well directed film with visual flair and good story. *****/*****


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