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Foreign Correspondent Movie by Alfred Hitchcock

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Title
Foreign Correspondent

Year
1940

Director
Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay
Charles Bennett, Joan Harrison

Overview
(Amazon.com) For inexplicable reasons, Foreign Correspondent never achieved the fame of The 39 Steps or North by Northwest, but it is certainly good enough to join the ranks of these better-known Hitchcock thrillers. Set just before the beginning of World War II, the film focuses on murder, international intrigue, and an innocent Joel McCrea caught between spies and counterspies. Highlights include an assassination on a rainy day with the killer escaping into a sea of umbrellas, a group of spies who signal their Dutch contacts by turning windmills against the wind, and an extraordinary climax aboard a plane that crashes into the ocean. In McCrea's final speech, you can hear the British filmmaker uniting American patriotism with the anti-Nazi cause. --Raphael Shargel

Cast
Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

Noteworthy Facts
The movie was wraped up in England only several days before Germany began boming the United Kingdom in July of 1940.

Extra Features on DVD
New making-of documentary Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock

Formats Available
DVD, VHS

* Part of the Alfred Hitchcock Classics DVD Box Set