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Foreign Correspondent (1940) was a Mystery - Romance Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Walter Wanger.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorAlbert BassermanNominated
Best Art DirectionAlexander GolitzenNominated
Best CinematographyRudolph MatéNominated
Best PictureWalter Wanger (production company)Nominated
Best WritingCharles Bennett, Joan HarrisonNominated

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Review: Foreign Correspondent (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 27, 2018 From 4 Star Films

If Alfred Hitchcock had any contribution to the war effort then Foreign Correspondent would no doubt be it. Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels was purported to have admired its qualities as a work of propaganda and that’s high praise coming from someone who was quite familiar with inf... Read full article

Quickie Review – Foreign Correspondent (1940)

By Michael on Jan 13, 2016 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

It’s a shame, really, when a director has to compete with himself for numerous Academy Awards, but that is exactly what happened in 1941, the year after Alfred Hitchcock released his first two Hollywood productions, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent. The former was nominated for nine Oscars, a... Read full article

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

By Cameron on Jun 2, 2014 From The Blonde At The Film

via: otherwise noted, all images are my own This is my contribution to the Snoopathon: A Blogathon of Classic Spies, hosted by the fantastic blog Movies Silently. Be sure to visit all the great entries on?spies from old... Read full article

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

By Cameron on Jun 2, 2014 From The Blonde At The Film

via: otherwise noted, all images are my own After Alfred Hitchcock‘s first American film,?Rebecca?(1940), he turned to a war movie as his next project. ?Foreign Correspondent?was “based” on Vincent She... Read full article

Hitchcock’s “Foreign Correspondent” to screen June 10, 2014

By Stephen Reginald on Jun 2, 2014 From Classic Movie Man

Hitchcock’s “Foreign Correspondent” to screen June 10, 2014 When: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:30 p.m. Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street Foreign Correspondent was Alfred Hitchcock’s second American film. On loan-out to producer Walter Wanger,... Read full article

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Carol Fisher: I think the world has been run long enough by well-meaning professionals. We might give the amateurs a chance now.

Mr. Powers: I don't want any more economists, sages, or oracles bombinating over our cables. I want a reporter. Somebody who doesn't know the difference between an ism and a kangaroo.

Van Meer: I see now. There's no help. No help for the whole poor suffering world. Oh! You cry peace, Fisher. Peace. And there was no peace. Only war and death. You're... You're a liar, Fisher. A cruel, cruel liar. You can do what you want with me. That's not important. But you'll never conquer them, Fisher. Little people everywhere who give crumbs to birds. Lie to them, drive them, whip them, force them into war. When the beasts like you will devour each other, then the world will belong to the little people.

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Shooting was completed on May 29, 1940, after which Alfred Hitchcock made a visit to England. He returned on July 3 with the word that the Germans were expected to start bombing at any time. Ben Hecht was hurriedly called in and wrote the tacked-on final scene set at a London radio station. It was filmed on July 5, and the real-life bombing started on July 10, 1940.
When the shipwreck sequence was shot, a special tub within the studio tank had to be built for Herbert Marshall, who couldn't swim because he only had one leg (he'd lost a leg in combat in World War I).
Albert Bassermann (who played the Dutch diplomat Van Meer) couldn't speak a word of English and learned all his lines phonetically.
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