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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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reporter | editor | diplomat | party | spy | 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

In a 1972 interview with Dick Cavett, Alfred Hitchcock revealed that the plane crash scene was filmed by using footage shot from a stunt plane diving on the ocean, rear projected on rice paper in front of a cockpit set. Also behind the rice paper were two chutes aimed at the cockpit's windshield connected to large tanks of water. With the press of a button at the right moment, water came crashing through the rice paper, into the plane simulating the plane crashing into the sea from the cockpit view. See more »

Goofs

As the Purser on the ship tells John and Carol that he has no more cabins, the right side of his fake moustache can be seen sliding down. He surreptitiously pushes back in place, but as they turn back for a second try and he continues speaking, the moustache slides down again. See more »

Quotes

Fake Dutch Detective: We simply want you to come with us if you will and tell your story to our chief of police here.
Johnny Jones: Well, let me get this straight. Does this chief of police speak English? Because I'm a very busy man.
Fake Dutch Detective: It will take no more than half an hour, Sir. We all speak English.
Johnny Jones: All speak English? Well, that's marvelous. That's more than I can say for my country.
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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 Remains of the Day (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Congo
(1937)
by Chick Webb and his Orchestra, arr. by Charlie Dixon
[The phonograph record played by the kidnappers during Van Meer's interrogation]
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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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