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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

Joel McCrea , Laraine Day , Alfred Hitchcock , Laurent Bouzereau  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Rudy Behlmer, Nat Benchley, Peter Benchley
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Laurent Bouzereau
  • Writers: Laurent Bouzereau, Ben Hecht, Charles Bennett, James Hilton, Joan Harrison
  • 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 (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HOEQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Foreign Correspondent" on IMDb

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  • "Personal History: Foreign Hitckcock"

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

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58 of 64 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
Format:DVD
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hitchcock's Best December 23, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HITCHCOCK HIDDEN TREASURE
Alfred Hitchcock made so many masterpieces in his long illustrious career that sometimes a gem like "Foreign Correspondent" tends to get lost in the general analysis of the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Anthony McGill
4.0 out of 5 stars An early Hollywood thriller from Hitchcock receives deluxe treatment...
Hitchcock always stated that "Rebecca" wasn't a Hitchcock picture because it lacked humor and was too gothic. Hitch felt "Rebecca" was a Selznick-Hitchcock picture. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Wayne Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Copy in BD
Criterion has done it again, supplying a great BD copy of a great film. The extras are a real bonus. Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. Kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
"Foreign Correspondent" is one of my favorite Hitchcock films, with its typically flamboyant (at least, for Hitch) visual set pieces and wonderfully twisting plot. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mark Schildberg
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked film made greater by Criterian
Although considered one of Hitchcock's lesser films, I think it ranks with "The Lady Vanishes" and "The 39 Steps" as early mystery/adventure films of his,involving... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Adelaide
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitch's unsung masterpiece
In my top 5 Hitchcock films, better than the similarly set and more famous Notorious. Its a gripping thrill ride with some of the best set pieces committed to film.
Published 1 month ago by M. Gibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Collection
Criterion movies are always top notch. This is one of my favorite movie but having it in Blu-ray makes it more enjoyable to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Criterion release
I'm a big fan of Hitchcock movies from this era, like Rebecca and The Lady Vanishes. Already had the dvd, but this Criterion release is amazingly clear and has extras worth... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Hitchcock Film
Great film filled with adventure. Very mysterious, has you wondering what will happen till the end! Additionally a comedic film, with great actors!
Published 1 month ago by meisy a zamora
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job Criterion!
This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films and the print is outstanding with great extras too. I love the radio broadcast that is included, this is a MUST own!!!
Published 1 month ago by Kent J. Smythe
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