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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

According to Alfred Hitchcock's interview with François Truffaut, Joseph Goebbels (Minister of Nazi Propaganda) enjoyed this film very much. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny and Carol step down from the taxi in front of her house, he takes the suitcase with her left hand and changes it to the right one, to direct her with the left hand. After the taxi leaves, he is holding the suitcase in his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Powers: Foreign correspondent! I could get more news out of Europe looking in a crystal ball.
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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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Le contrôle de l'univers (1999) 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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Hitch was firing on all cylinders
15 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is a true gem, that had all of the touches we have come to associate with films of the master. While "Rebecca" (from the same year) may have garnered more recognition, it was an extremely brooding film that lacked the trademark Hitchcock sense of humor.

"Foreign Correspondent" however, had it all. The suspense is unrelenting, building to a spectacular climax. It had many of those dazzling Hitchcock sequences: the assassination in Amsterdam, the scene in the cathedral tower and, especially, the sequence in the windmill, which is pure magic!

Of course, it also had that classic sense of humor and a slew of terrific character roles, including Edmund Gwenn as the most cherubic and cheerful hit man you've ever seen! The final scene was strictly American propaganda, but that can probably be forgiven considering the subject matter of the film and the time of it's release.

All in all, a wonderful example of the master at his best, that deserves to be dusted off and enjoyed alongside some of it's more celebrated cousins!


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