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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Frances Carson ...
Charles Wagenheim ...
Latvian (as Edward Conrad)


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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16 August 1940 (USA)  »

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| (uncut version: 120') (cut) (uncut)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airliner in the film is supposed to be a Clipper 314, which went into operation for the first time in June of 1939, carrying (also for the first time), passengers on a transatlantic flight. However, the plane has been modified for filming purposes. The plane's logo says it is owned by fictional Transoceanic Airways, but the original flight was operated by Pan Am and ran for $375 one-way or $675 round trip. In 2014 dollars this would be equal to about $4,000 one-way and twice that for round trip. See more »


When Jones tells Stephen Fisher that Krug is the man he saw at the assassination, Carol gets the man's name wrong, saying "We've known Mr. Kruger forever." See more »


Scott ffolliott: [entering a room full of spies] Pardon me gentlemen, I represent the Jupiter Life Assurance, could I interest you in a small policy?
[a gun, and the woman holding it on him, follow]
Mr. Krug: [angrily] Why did you bring him up here?
[taking gun and giving it to another confederate to point at ffolliott]
Female conspirator: I didn't know what to do, he tried to pass by!
Scott ffolliott: I would gladly relieve the young lady of this embarrassment, but you know how women are with firearms, they have no sense of timing. Now look, I'll just sit here...
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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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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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Another Hitchcock crowd-pleaser
2 February 2004 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

The first half hour of Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" looks like it can either be a light romantic comedy or a oddly fashioned drama about current events. But then, there's this scene in the rain, where our hero, played with energy by Joel McCrea, attends a crowded political meeting. McCrea notices his new friend, an elderly ambassador acts vacant and glassy eyed. Then, this mysterious photographer steps in. The photographer has next to his camera, a gun.... At this point "Foreign Correspondent" becomes an inventive chase thriller, darting across the audiences' eyes at a berserk chase. This was the first time that Hitchcock had all of Hollywood's tools at his disposal, and what a spellbinding, constantly fun classic came of it. I look forward to this film making it's DVD debut!

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