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Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall


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Alfred Hitchcock's first-rate thriller Foreign Correspondent gets a fine DVD release from Warner Bros. with this disc. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental


Alfred Hitchcock's first-rate thriller Foreign Correspondent gets a fine DVD release from Warner Bros. with this disc. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and a making-of documentary about the film. This fine disc is also available as part of the nine-disc Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection.

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Alfred Hitchcock's second American film, Foreign Correspondent is a typically skillful, well-balanced suspense thriller from the unrivalled master of the genre. Popular upon its release and still considered one of the director's most entertaining works, the picture is undercut somewhat by its lackluster leads, Joel McCrea and Laraine Day. Hitchcock originally wanted Gary Cooper for the lead, but often had trouble attracting Hollywood stars since many considered his films mere pulp entertainment. Regardless, Foreign Correspondent is most memorable for its grand set pieces. All are prime examples of Hitchcockian art: the assassin's escape into a crowd of umbrellas; the plane crash into the ocean (shot indoors on a huge set at MGM); and the famous windmill sequence. The film's blatant call for America to take arms against Nazi Germany was penned by screenwriter Ben Hecht (Scarface, Notorious). Hitchcock's other anti-Nazi movies from the World War II era included Saboteur, Lifeboat, and Notorious; he also made two French-language propaganda films.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; New making-of documentary "Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock"; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Johnny Jones
Laraine Day Carol Fisher
Herbert Marshall Stephen Fisher
George Sanders Scott Folliott
Albert Basserman Van Meer
Robert Benchley Stebbins
Edmund Gwenn Rowley
Harry Davenport Mr. Powers
Barbara Pepper Doreen
Eddie Conrad Latvian Diplomat
Martin Kosleck Tramp
Sam Adams Impersonator
Louis Borell Capt. Lansom
Louise Brien Secretary
Willy Castello Actor
Wheaton Chambers Committeeman
Ken Christy Actor
Gino Corrado Italian Waiter
Helena Phillips Evans Maid
Herbert Evans English Doorman
James Finlayson Dutch Peasant
Robert C. Fischer Manager
Douglas Gordon Taxi Driver
Otto Hoffman Telegrapher
Paul Irving Dr. Williamson
Terry Kilburn Boy
Ted Offenbecker Copy Boy
Loulette Sablon Nesta
Raymond Severn English Boy
William Stelling Actor
Paul Sutton Male Nurse
Hans Von Morhart Dutch Policeman
George Cathrey Flight Officer
Meeka Aldrich Donald's Wife
Charles Halton Bradley
Ian Wolfe Stiles the Butler
Barry Bernard Steward
Emory Parnell John Martin, Captain of the Mohican
Frances Carson Mrs. Sprague
Charles Wagenheim Assassin
John Burton English Radio Announcer
Roy Gordon Mr. Brood
Marten Lamont Plane Captain
Holmes Herbert Commissioner Ffolliott
Leonard Mudie Inspector McKenna
Bunny Beatty Bit part
Frank Benson Bit part
Henry Blair Bit part
Horace B. Carpenter Bit part
E.E. Clive Mr. Naismith
Harry Depp Uncle Biren
Elspeth Dudgeon Bit part
George B. French Bit part
John George Bit part
Alexander Granach Valet
Colin Kenny Bit part
Crauford Kent Toastmaster
Gwendolen Logan Bit part
Eily Malyon Hotel Cashier
Ted Mapes Double for Joel McCrea
John Meredith Bit part
John T. Murray Bit part
Jane Novak Miss Benson
Hilda Plowright Miss Pimm
Thomas Pogue Bit part
Jack Rice Donald
Harry Semels Bit part
Ernie Stanton Bit part
Donald Stuart Bit part
Ferris Taylor Jones' Father
Dorothy Vaughan Jones's Mother
William Yetter Bit part
Mary Young Auntie Maude
Eduardo Ciannelli Mr. Krug
Gertrude W. Hoffman Mrs. Benson
Joan Leslie Jones' Sister
George Offerman Bit part

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Benchley Screenwriter
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Edmond F. Bernoudy Asst. Director
Paul Eagler Special Effects
Burnett Guffey Camera Operator
Joan Harrison Screenwriter
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
James Hilton Screenwriter
Otho Lovering Editor
Frank Maher Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
William Cameron Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Norman Pringle Makeup
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Walter Wanger Producer
Lee Zavitz Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits and Foreword [:16]
2. Ideal for Europe [2:00]
3. Correspondent Is Born [4:04]
4. Meeting Stebbins [3:07]
5. Passing Bystander [2:26]
6. Ride With Van Meer [1:18]
7. Universal Languages [2:50]
8. Substitute Speaker [3:27]
9. Peace Conference [4:32]
10. Assassination in the Rain [2:34]
11. Chase Into the Countryside [1:33]
12. Mysterious Windmill [2:08]
13. The Inside Truth [3:18]
14. Tight Squeeze [4:04]
15. Something Fishy [3:18]
16. Hasty Exit [2:52]
17. Out of Place [2:56]
18. Crowd in Room 537 [3:36]
19. Just in Love [2:20]
20. Something of a Troublemaker [3:03]
21. Cunning and Inspired [4:40]
22. Who's Protecting Who? [2:19]
23. Cathedral Tower [3:31]
24. Mutually Kidnapped [4:45]
25. Overnight Stay [6:09]
26. Two Gentlemen Talking [3:55]
27. Not What He Seems [5:34]
28. No Help for Van Meer [2:26]
29. A Rescue and an Escape [8:21]
30. A Fahter's Confession [2:34]
31. Panic in the Air [4:07]
32. Ocean Crash [3:19]
33. Fisher's Sacrifice [3:49]
34. Front-Page Phone Call [2:22]
35. Hello, America [4:05]
36. Cast List [1:40]


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Foreign Correspondent 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie which moves along crisply from beginning to end. This new issue from Criterion includes BluRay and DVD plus informative and entertaining extras on a separate disc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent plot, all actors excellent.
BahamaJoe More than 1 year ago
Foreign Correspondent is one of the few remaining Hitchcock films that had not been upgraded to blu ray for Region A viewers. Criterion has now done the job and very well indeed. This WWII thinly veiled propaganda film was very high grade compared to others that followed. There are well crafted and very effective action scenes and creative camera work in evidence. The cast which includes Joel McCrea and George Sanders in starring roles were all well chosen and first rate. The script was a cut above the usual stilted Hun bashing typical of films during this era particularly because this film was mostly shot just prior to the US entry into WWII . Hitchcock had to present the enemy in more nuanced terms. In fact, the spies were never referred to as Nazi's but the comparisons were still unmistakable. Criterion did a fine job in the film transfer to blu ray and this film although not one of Hitchcock's very best films it has flashes of brilliance and is a must own film for any Hitchcock fan.
ScarlettSD More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie for the very first time. I thought it was excellent. I love the old 40's and 50's Hitchcock movies. They're the best. I just thought this was an exciting and suspenseful movie.