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Foreign Correspondent

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United States · 1940
2h 0m
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders
Genre Action, Mystery, Thriller, War

On the eve of WWII, American crime reporter Johnny Jones is dispatched by his publisher to Europe, where his investigations lead him promptly to Nazi Germany's plans for European conquest. As he develops his piece, Jones walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and—not entirely coincidentally—falls in love.

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Story is essentially the old cops-and-robbers. But it has been set in a background of international political intrigue of the largest order.


The A.V. Club by Ben Kenigsberg

Foreign Correspondent seems a sterling example of how the director could help the war effort by using current events as a launching point for his signature brand of suspense.


The New York Times by Bosley Crowther

Director Alfred Hitchcock, whose unmistakable stamp the picture bears, has packed about as much romantic action, melodramatic hullabaloo, comical diversion and illusion of momentous consequence as the liveliest imagination could conceive.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

This film contains one of Hitchcock's most famous set pieces—an assassination in the rain—but otherwise remains a second-rate effort, as immensely enjoyable as it is.


LarsenOnFilm by Josh Larsen

A bit ham-fisted in its call to arms, Foreign Correspondent also fails in trying to force a romance between McCrea and Day. But there are plenty of signature Hitchcock sequences to recommend it.


The Dissolve by Keith Phipps

It’s such an entertaining film that it’s almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point.

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