Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

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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.
Publisher: [USA] : , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1940]
Copyright Date: ©1940
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 43 min. 16 sec.)) : sound, color

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akirakato
Apr 21, 2016

This is a 1940 spy thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
An American reporter tries to expose enemy spies in Britain who are involved a fictional continent-wide conspiracy in the prelude to World War II.
Apparently, it is a British-American propaganda.
The plot is unskilfully contrived, but the timing of its release was pretty good because the film opened on 16 August 1940 in the United States and on 11 October of that year in the United Kingdom.
The storyline ends with London being bombed just three days after the Luftwaffe began bombing British coastal airfields in the early Adlerangriff phase of the Battle of Britain, and a week before Germany actually began bombing London.
Although it seems like an unnecessarily-and-tiringly long glorified B movie, Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels praised it as a first-class propaganda film.

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IV27HUjg
Feb 23, 2016

Totally mad-cap & a bit hard to follow. Hitchcock said he got the idea based loosely on Vincent Sheenan, journalist (read this info in Citizens of London by Lynne Olson). Joel McCrae is always a delight.

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ktallent
Feb 06, 2015

This is Hitch's second Hollywood movie and it is a great but underappreciated one. The last half hour of this movie are as thrilling as any I have watched. The story is engaging and Hitch's technical mastery is quite something, especially for a film made in 1940.

The screenwriter's (and they were many involved in this movie) political message are made clear in Joel McCrea's final lines.

Quite a prescient film from an international political standpoint as well.

If you haven't yet seen this I highly recommend that you do.

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JOSEPH DENHAM
Sep 30, 2014

This was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and deservedly so. Joel McCrea and Laraine Day performed very well, as did the rest of the cast. Hitchcock seemed to bring out the best in actors.

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jaketaz777
Sep 02, 2014

Joel McCrae was a wonderful under used talent, and all Hitchcock movies were top notch.

hania4987 Aug 10, 2014

I don't understand why this is not listed in Hitchcock's top tier of films. It's a terrific thriller filled with espionage, secret treaties, romance. The plot centers on fictional events leading to the outbreak of a European war.

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noluckboston
Jun 28, 2014

A wonderful and suspenseful war time classic. The cast was wonderful and a much better picture than Hitchcock's other 1940 film, Rebecca.

One note about the BPL's copies. One copy is a Blueray and would not play on my PC. The other copies are older and work just fine. So something to ask about when you borrow this film.

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deldiva
Sep 02, 2013

Vintage film produced by Alfred Hitchcock. However, it was okay viewing; finishing looking at it just to see how it would end. No one of his best but okay for its time of producing mystery/espionage films.

Veepea Jan 10, 2012

Quite a good film, well-shot, and lots of twists and turns.

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