Foreign Correspondent


Action / Romance / Thriller / War


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Alfred Hitchcock as Man with Newspaper on Street
George Sanders as ffolliott
Edmund Gwenn as Rowley
Ian Wolfe as Stiles
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TexMetal4JC ([email protected]) 10 / 10

Forgotten but excellent!

Alfred Hitchcock was always pushing the envelope, and 1940's "Foreign Correspondent" is no different. With America still in the midst of trading with both sides of the European war, Hitchcock made a spy thriller that quite clearly cast the Germans as the bad guys (minus the word Nazi, which only appears once at the beginning of the film) while being shamelessly patriotic (the last scene is both inspiring and laughable).

But Hitchcock could afford to go out on a limb. He started making FC a week after the release of "Rebecca," a movie that garnered large amounts of critical acclaim and won Best Picture. But with all the praise heaped on Hitchcock's first American movie, his second has often gone unnoticed, although it is certainly up to par with - if not better than - "Rebecca".

Foreign Correspondent tells the story of Johnny Jones, an American newspaper writer chosen to go to England to report on the war as Huntley Haverstock for the New York Globe. While in England, he attempts to interview a Dutch statesman, Van Mier, but instead witnesses the man's assassination. The resulting pursuit throws Jones/Haverstock into a Nazi spy ring that intends to use a secret clause to create German victory in the impending war. Along the way, Jones/Haverstock meets an English reporter who assists him and the daughter of a renowned pacifist.

The acting is excellent all around, with special kudos given to Robert Sanders as the English reporter, Scott ffoliot, and to Edmund Gwenn in a minor but important roll as Rowly, the friendly hit man. Laraine Day and Joel McCray have that special chemistry that adds to the romance part of the movie, while McCray and Sanders' straight-faced humor is enjoyable.

Hitchcock's directing is magnificent, like usual. As always, there are certain scenes that are signature Hitchcock: The assassination chase through the sea of umbrellas, and later in the Dutch countryside. The tower murder scene. And the plane crash scene has inspired cinematic plane crashes for decades.

All in all, Foreign Correspondent shows Hitchcock at his best, in the midst of a string of movies that saw him reach the top of the British filmmaking world and rapidly ascend to the same position in America. And it once again proves that Hitchcock was indeed the father of the spy-thriller genre.

Reviewed by Adam Roche (adishavinfun) 10 / 10

Never pauses for breath...

What a movie!

I literally could not believe how great this movie was once I'd seen it for the first time. After a short intro we are thrust directly into the action and from there on in, it's one thrilling set-piece after another.

We go from kidnapping to assassination, to car chase, to discovery of plot, to escape from a hotel, to a twist regarding the leader of the enemy, to a wonderful sequence with a hired bodyguard who is in fact an assassin, to a fake kidnapping set up by the heroes, to torture scene, to rescue, to plane crash at sea...

It's dizzying that this was all intended for one film and when the end credits rolled you really felt like you'd got your money's worth. If I'd have watched this movie when it came out in the forties, I would have praised Hitchcock all night for giving me ten superb movies in one for my dollar.

In short (although you can hardly call these ramblings short) check this movie out. If you're a fan of escapist, thrilling adventures populated by superb characters (see George Sanders as ffolliot, and Robert Benchley as Stebbins) you will be delighted. This is one of Hitch's lesser seen gems and deserves to be rediscovered without delay

Reviewed by brianh-9 5 / 10

early Hitchcock masterpiece

When one dotes on Hitchcock's overall work, this film isn't probably the first one mentioned. However, the film is just a fun work of a true legend. The film is something that must be seen. Once it is, you learn that Hitch was a true genius. Look at several escapes from true death by our New York Globe correspondent Jones(a terrific McCrea). The first,being a windmill sequence, is a highly visual wonder. First the way it is captured and done by Hitch is fun to see. Jones has to be slippery because he knows there are spies all over in the windmill. Jones has to slither around constant turning spools and dodge many men. The reason he is here in the first place is to catch a man who supposedly shot a major player in stopping a war about to begin. This man is shot "dead" near a rainy building where a summit is going to be held. There is a sequence where the shooter runs through a maze of people holding umbrellas which is masterly shot. Jones chases the shooter into a windmill. That sequence doesn't even come close to the ending. I'll get to that in a minute. The second escape from death occurs when Jones is in his hotel room. These two men plan to kill Jones. Jones looks through a key hole to his bathroom and see the two pull guns. Jones escapes through the bathroom window. There is a shot where Jones is going across a ledge to get to a room across the way where he passes the lights to the hotel(HOTEL EUROPE). During this Jones knocks out one of the lights. This is well shot and brilliant. The ending is a knockout considering it was done in 1940. This sequence occurs on a plane. The plane is shot down. This sequence is mezmerising to behold. It is so well shot that I was stunned by it's complete perfection. Hitch nails every detail. From how the passengers escape to how they survive on the ocean. The film should be seen for just this sequence alone. It is a showstopper. The film has a very complex story. It is about a man who must find out the facts..the truth about whether Europe is going to war. Obviously, it is the nazis, but we aren't given specifics. We do know Germany has a lot to do with it. The story is shot with precision. Hitch guides the story perfectly with tense pacing and delicately handles situations. How our hero makes it through the film without being killed is well done. The film isn't stupid and understands that our hero's survival must be realistic, yet well managed to hold suspense. In a way, Hitch needs to keep you spellbound in wondering how he could survive. The love story between a major politician in London's daughter and Jones is not just a sub plot. It serves the film in every way. The plot is centered on the relationship. The way it ends depends on the romance. The film should be seen by those who are Hitchcock fans. It is a well directed film with visual flair and good story. *****/*****

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