Foreign Correspondent (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD)
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"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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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Lots of twists and turns, including comedic moments and Hitchcock's legendary camera work and beautiful scenery.Published 7 hours ago by Bookbag54
Ostensibly, it's about the crucial Secret Clause 27 in the European peace treaty. It's what triggers the dangerous shadow play and puts our cast of players in motion. Read morePublished 15 days ago by H. Bala
Watched this in a Hitchcock film class 20+ years ago and again recently. Still a terrific film with some very interesting and iconic sequences, although the plot contrivances and... Read morePublished 28 days ago by AC303
A classic that is a pleasure to watch. Joel McCrea is so engaging and fun to watch. Hitchcock movies are treasures.Published 1 month ago by Zeta Cross
This Hitchcock thriller was nominated for Best Picture in 1940 with the King of Suspense transitioning from British movies to Hollywood. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. L. Penfold
Joel McCrea and Laraine Day were delightful, both individually and as a couple, in this film. The story line was exciting, the performances entertaining, and the scenery amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D L Williamson