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Foreign Correspondent [DVD] [1940]

4.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Bassermann
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Robert Benchley, Ben Hecht, Charles Bennett, James Hilton, Joan Harrison
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Dutch, English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00008Z78D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Hitchcock espionage thriller. American crime reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) is sent to Europe in 1938 to cover the build-up to World War Two. Johnny becomes romantically involved with Carol Fisher (Laraine Day), whose father runs an international peace organisation. When Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Albert Basserman) is kidnapped, Johnny and Carol become mixed up in the espionage and intrigue.

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The first of Alfred Hitchcock's World War II features, Foreign Correspondent was completed in 1940, as the European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Its titular hero, Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea), is an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, his nose for a good story (and, of course, some fortuitous timing) promptly leading him to the "crime" of fascism and Nazi Germany's designs on European conquest.

In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, Jones (who's been saddled with the dubious nom de plume Hadley Haverstock) walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and, not entirely coincidentally, falls in love--a pattern familiar to admirers of Hitchcock's espionage thrillers, of which this is a thoroughly entertaining example. McCrea's hardy Yankee charms are neatly contrasted with the droll English charm of colleague George Sanders; Herbert Marshall provides a plummy variation on the requisite, ambiguous "good-or-is-he-really-bad" guy; Laraine Day affords a lovely heroine; and Robert Benchley (who contributed to the script) pops up, albeit too briefly, for comic relief.

As good as the cast is, however, it's Hitchcock's staging of key action sequences that makes Foreign Correspondent a textbook example of the director's visual energy: an assassin's escape through a rain-soaked crowd is registered by rippling umbrellas, a nest of spies is detected by the improbable direction of a windmill's spinning sails and Jones's nocturnal flight across a pitched city rooftop produces its own contextual comment when broken neon tubes convert the Hotel Europe into "Hot Europe". --Sam Sutherland


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