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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 7, 2004

Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Selznick International Pictures, Walter Wanger Productions Inc.

Studio Caidin Film Company, United Artists

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Other Titles
• Foreign Correspondent (1940)
• Der Auslandskorrespondent (1961)
• Mord (1961)
• Personal History

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Genre: Thriller, Spy, Suspense, World War II, Kidnapping, Murder, Escape, Police, Political

Tagline: The thrill spectacle of the year!

Plot: Set after the start of World War II, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT avoids almost all the trappings of a war movie and focuses on the type of murky intrigue that is Hitchcock's signature. Joel McCrea plays Johnny Jones, a reporter sent overseas when his newspaper demands some firsthand news. Jones is a New Yorker out of his element in Europe, but when he stumbles upon a massive conspiracy headed by peace advocate Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), his instincts drive him to pursue the story and confront the web of intrigue, but he'll need help and finds it in the lovely Carol (Laraine Day). The rain-soaked assassination sequence that kicks off the intrigue has a raw, haunting quality that plays on the spareness of newsreel footage.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
Charles Bennett
The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Sabotage
Joan Harrison
Saboteur, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Ride the Pink Horse
George Sanders
Rebecca, All About Eve, The Jungle Book
Joel McCrea
Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, Ride the High Country
Laraine Day
The High and the Mighty, Tarzan Finds a Son!, Stella Dallas
Herbert Marshall
The Fly, Trouble in Paradise, The Little Foxes
Albert Bassermann
The Red Shoes, Since You Went Away, Once Upon a Honeymoon
Robert Benchley
The Major and the Minor, I Married a Witch, Road to Utopia
Edmund Gwenn
Miracle on 34th Street, The Trouble with Harry, Them!
 Music By
Alfred Newman
All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Airport

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