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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Charles Bennett (screenplay), Joan Harrison (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... John Jones
Laraine Day ... Carol Fisher
Herbert Marshall ... Stephen Fisher
George Sanders ... Scott ffolliott
Albert Bassermann ... Van Meer (as Albert Basserman)
Robert Benchley ... Stebbins
Edmund Gwenn ... Rowley
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Mr. Krug (as Eduardo Cianelli)
Harry Davenport ... Mr. Powers
Martin Kosleck ... Tramp
Frances Carson ... Mrs. Sprague
Ian Wolfe ... Stiles
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Assassin
Eddie Conrad ... Latvian (as Edward Conrad)
Charles Halton ... Bradley
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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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policeman | fuzz | pig | bacon | reporter | See All (307) »

Taglines:

MYSTERY IN WHISPERS that cracks like THUNDER! (original print ad - many caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Dutch | German | Latvian

Release Date:

16 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Personal History See more »

Filming Locations:

Amsterdam, Netherlands See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,484,588
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. Copyright Office uses "Huntley Haverstock" as the example of a pseudonym. See more »

Goofs

When the "fake" Van Meer is murdered in Denmark, his assassin, with camera in hand, can be seen running from the steps into the crowds, in a long shot. In the next closeup jump shot, he's still on the stairs, before running off into the crowd for a second time. See more »

Quotes

John Jones: I'm in love with a girl, and I'm going to help hang her father.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the German version the final radio address was missing. The movie ends with the newspaper headlines. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

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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bit of a stretch
14 July 2017 | by glstrom-14260See all my reviews

While the cinematography and settings were impressive I found the story to be far too convenient and the "love interest" unbelievable. Every cab, party, room next door and passerby contains someone Jones has met (Latvian fellow funny, so lets throw him in this scene). Assassination, run through umbrellas so well done. Windmill scene stretches credulity as there is no way he wouldn't have been noticed in such a tight space. It was hard to care about kidnapping and the secret since there was no reveal as to. its importance or bearing on the impending war. (and why was airplane flying so low? Well shot as early disaster scenes go though). Still not sure why she was upset about the 2nd room as in 1940 that would seem appropriate, but who knows?


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