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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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Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
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Rowley
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Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
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Mrs. Sprague
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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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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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$3,484,588
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final cost of the film was a then-staggering $1.5 million. The costs charged to the script alone - accounting for a total of fourteen writers - was $250,000. See more »

Goofs

When ffolliott returns with backup to find van Meer unconscious on the bed, and the room deserted, the doorframe shakes noticeably as the actors pass through it. See more »

Quotes

'Mohican' Captain: Mr. Haverstock, I want a talk with you.
John Jones: Yes sir?
'Mohican' Captain: I just found out you're a newspaperman.
John Jones: I guess that's right.
'Mohican' Captain: Oh, it is, eh? Why didn't you tell me that when I questioned you? You lied to me, sir!
John Jones: My dear captain, when you've been shot down in a British plane by a German destroyer, 300 miles off the coast of England, latitude 45, and have been hanging on to a half-submerged wing for hours, waiting to drown, with half a dozen other stricken human beings, you're liable to forget you're a ...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South, Opus 388
(1880) (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss
Background music at a party
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Never pauses for breath...
6 October 2004 | by 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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