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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Joel McCrea , Laraine Day , Alfred Hitchcock , Laurent Bouzereau  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Bassermann
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
  • Writers: Robert Benchley, Laurent Bouzereau, Ben Hecht, Charles Bennett, James Hilton
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOEQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Foreign Correspondent" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 7-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hitchcock's Best December 23, 2003
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"Foreign Correspondent" was Alfred Hitchcock's second American feature made in 1940, the same year as his first feature "Rebecca", and surprisingly both were up for "best picture". In fact "Foreign Correspodent" was nominated for 6 Oscars. But even so, the movie is rarely regarded as one of Hitchcock's best, and that's a shame. "Foreign Correspondent" ranks up there with the best Hitchcock films such as "Rear Window", "Psycho", and "Vertigo". The "master of suspense" displays all the talents that have made him one of the finest film-makers of all-time (at least in my opinion).
"Foreign Correspondent" has Joel McCrea as John Jones, an American reporter sent over to Europe to cover the beginnings of WW2. And, as you can probably guess, Jones will stumble upon a big story and soon become a man who knows too much.
Van Meer, a man Jones was sent to interview (Albert Basserman, in an Oscar nominated performance) is on a council to prevent WW2, but he is soon murdered, or is he? He was the only person who knew of a secret clause that was to be written in a peace treaty.
A lot of people speak highly of the assination scene with the umbrellas, and Edmund Gwenn's scene on top of the tower. Most of you will know Gwenn as Santa Clause in "Miracle on 34th Street". But I have to admit some of my favorite scenes deal with the more comedic aspects of the film such as Robert Benchley's scenes, as an on-the-wagon reporter just yearning for one more drink, who has no idea what is going on around him.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You're just a wee bit unscrupulous, aren't you?" January 4, 2005
I've always thought of myself as a Hitchcock fan, as he had the ability to tell a story through the medium of film so very well, understanding perfectly the necessary elements needed within a story to keep an audience enthralled and engaged. Sure, many may understand these necessities, but it seems few are able to develop them to the level Hitchcock did, and that's what makes much of his work so enduring, even relevant, so many years later. That said, being a self-proclaimed fan and all, I have to admit I'm a bit ashamed that it took me so long to get around to watching Foreign Correspondent (1940), as it's not only a wonderful Hitchcock feature, but a really great film in general (heck, it was nominated for like six Academy Awards, so there must be others out there who share my sentiments). The film, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (some just call him Hitch, but I think it's a little disrespectful unless you knew the man personally and were friends with him...I didn't know him, so I'll always use his full name, but y'all can do whatever you like), stars Joel McCrea (The Virginian), Laraine Day (Calling Dr. Kildare), and Herbert Marshall (Duel in the Sun). Also appearing is George Sanders (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), Albert Bassermann (nominated for one of the six Academy Awards this film received), journalist and popular humorist Robert Benchley, and Edmund Gwenn, who would later appear as Kris Kringle in the holiday staple Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Read more ›
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Hitchcock With British Charm October 2, 2005
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This fun and exciting film from Walter Wanger and Alfred Hitchcock offers romance, suspense, and a dash of patriotism for 120 minutes of sheer entertainment. A terrific cast in front of the camera and loads of talent behind it make for one of Hitchcock's best films. "Foreign Correspondent" very much has the feel of the director's best efforts across the pond, augmented by a bigger budget and better production values.

Author James Hilton and Robert Benchley contributed some dialog to the screenplay written by Charles Bennett and Joan Harrison. Music by Alfred Newman and photography from Rudolph Mate help create a mood that is suspenseful and, at times, romantic. William Cameron Menzies helped create some of the effects, adding to the suspense. A list of players that includes Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, Edmund Gwenn, Harry Davenport, Albert Basserman and Eduardo Ciannelli make for a topflight film.

Joel McCrea is John Jones, a crime reporter for the "New York Globe" newspaper who gets a big break when his boss Mr. Powers (Harry Davenport) picks him to be a reporter in Europe, and wants him to get the real story of a world heading for war. Powers doesn't want correspondence, but news! After changing John's bland sounding name to Huntley Haverstock, he sends him to London to cover a peace conference and get an interview with Van Meer (Albert Basserman), a key man in a treaty between the Dutch and Belgians.

By happenstance, Huntley meets Van Meer but loses track of him in short order. Van Meer then disappears, and Huntley is left holding the bag at the conference. It is there, however, that he meets the daughter of Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), Carol (Laraine Day).
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4.0 out of 5 stars canwatch this again and again
can watch this again and again, Hitchcock does it again
Published 28 days ago by E.G.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
it didnt play in my dvd, it's not from the us, different format
Published 1 month ago by Lori Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody kept on the edge of your seat like the maser of suspense Alfred...
Nobody kept on the edge of your seat like the maser of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, He was the first to create the over-head camera shot and the famous camra in the Classic Phsyco... Read more
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Great Early Hitchcock Film Completed In The United States That Benefits From The High Definition Upgrade. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect everything!!! No complaints!
Perfect everything!!! No complaints!
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Deyoung
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic!
Beautiful print! Fast delivery
Published 2 months ago by Serious shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great restoration
Great restoration of a great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT--Great movie; terrific transation with a...
Wonderful DVD of one of my favorite Hitchcock movies. It makes me wish that Hitch had cast the extraordinary Joel McCrae instead of Cary Gant & Jimmy Stewart in his best films of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott MacDonough
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hitchcock's better films, highly recommended
One of Hitchcock's better films, highly recommended. It was made in 1939 just before the invasion of Poland and Hitchcock kept changing the ending.
Published 2 months ago by alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They don't get better than this
Published 3 months ago by Bob Hume
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