Story is essentially the old cops-and-robbers. But it has been set in a background of international political intrigue of the largest order.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s such an entertaining film that it’s almost possible to forget its didactic agenda, which is certainly part of the point.
Heavy-handed but still poignant patriotism in this Hitchcock thriller.