Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.


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24 December 2009 | claudio_carvalho
8
| Highly Entertaining Adventure
In 1939, the editor of the New York Globe invites the tough reporter John Jones (Joel McCrea) to be the substitute for the inefficient Stebbins (Robert Benchley) as foreign correspondent in London. His first assignment is to interview the Dutch leader Mr. Van Meer (Albert Basseman) in his lecture for peace in London to know about the possibility of a declaration of war against Germany. Johnny meets Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), the leader of the organization Universal Peace Party that promotes peace, and his beautiful daughter Carol Fisher (Laraine Day), and he has a crush on Carol. When Van Meer is apparently murdered in Amsterdam, Johnny follows the assassin with Carol and the journalist Scott ffolliett (George Sanders) through the countryside and discovers that Van Meer has been abducted indeed. However, nobody believes on the truth and he tangle with an international conspiracy.

"Foreign Correspondent" is a highly entertaining adventure, with a suspenseful story of espionage and an enjoyable romance, with Joel McCrea and Laraine Day showing a perfect chemistry. But the greatest attraction is the plot based on the beginning of the World War II in 1939 practically in real time. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Correspondente Estrangeiro" ("Foreign Correspondent")

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Trivia

This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild productions, originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for U.S. television syndication in 1950. The telecast of this title in New York City on Saturday, April 8, 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2) launched the series in New York City, and its widespread popularity spread quickly across the country. It first aired in Albuquerque on Tuesday, April 11, 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 23, 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Phoenix on Thursday, May 18, 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 18, 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Cincinnati on Saturday, July 15, 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Detroit on Sunday, July 30, 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Chicago on Sunday, August 13, 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Boston on Sunday, November 19, 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), and in San Francisco on Saturday, December 9, 1950 on KGO (Channel 7).


Quotes

Captain John Mark: Mr. Haverstock, I want a talk with you.
John Jones: Yes sir?
Captain John Mark: I just found out you're a newspaperman.
John Jones: I guess that's right.
Captain John Mark: Oh, it is, eh? Why didn't you tell me that when I questioned you? You lied to me, sir!
John Jones: My dear captain, when you've been shot down in a ...


Goofs

When Johnny and Carol step down from the taxi in front of her house, he takes the suitcase with her left hand and changes it to the right one, to direct her with the left hand. After the taxi leaves, he is holding the suitcase in his left hand.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: To those intrepid ones who went across the seas to be the eyes and ears of America... To those forthright ones who early saw the clouds of war while many of us at home were seeing rainbows... To those clear-headed ones who now stand like recording angels among the dead and dying... To the Foreign Correspondents - this motion picture is dedicated.


Alternate Versions

Due to its political theme, no German distributor was willing to show the film until 1960. Then, after the huge success of Psycho (1960), Constantin Film released the film with a running time of ca. 98 Minutes; approximately 22 minutes were cut, mainly Nazi-sequences. ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) showed the film in 1995 for the first time ever in Germany in a newly-dubbed uncut version.


Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by
Thomas Augustine Arne
Background music played as a ship pulls out of the harbor

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Action | Romance | Thriller | War

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