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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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16 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Foreign Correspondent  »

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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

Alfred Hitchcock's eccentric marriage proposal to Alma Reville was written into the script. See more »

Goofs

Despite being an ingenious camera trick at the time, it's an obvious mannequin dummy being dropped out of the window after ffolliot's fight in the hotel room where Van Meer is being interrogated. George Sanders' character falls through the awning that breaks his fall at a completely different spot from where the dummy lands. 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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Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Background music played as a ship pulls out of the harbor
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Everything you could possibly ask for
11 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Action, romance, comedy, political intrigue...Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent(1940) has got it all. The film deals with very serious subject matter, the run up to the disastrous World War II in Europe, but Hitchcock's comedic treatment of the life and death circumstances make the film infinitely more watchable. Joel McRae is an outstanding leading man and the rest of the great international ensemble cast doesn't miss a dramatic or comedic note at any point in the film. The characteristic hitchcockian suspense is present throughout but it's the comedic moments that really make the film shine. In only his second Hollywood film, Hitchcock was in top form in showing the unique style of storytelling that would change the medium and influence film makers for 70 years and counting.


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