Alfred Hitchcock

Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

In 1940, Alfred Hitchcock made his official transition from the British film industry to Hollywood. And it was quite a year: his first two American movies, Rebecca and Foreign Correspondent, were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. Though Rebecca prevailed, Foreign Correspondent is the more quintessential Hitch film. A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces, including an ocean plane crash climax with astonishing special effects. Foreign Correspondent deserves to be mentioned alongside The 39 Steps and North by Northwest as one of the master’s greatest adventures.

Film Info

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • United States
  • 1940
  • 120 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #696

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration
  • New piece on the film’s special effects by visual effects expert Craig Barron
  • Hollywood Propaganda and World War II, a new interview with writer Mark Harris
  • Interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • Radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten
  • “Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors,” a 1942 Life magazine “photo-drama” by Hitchcock
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Naremore

Cover by Patrick Leger, with F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Classic Hitchcock

Classic Hitchcock

Blu-Ray Box Set

4 Discs

$75.96

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration
  • New piece on the film’s special effects by visual effects expert Craig Barron
  • Hollywood Propaganda and World War II, a new interview with writer Mark Harris
  • Interview with director Alfred Hitchcock from a 1972 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • Radio adaptation of the film from 1946, starring Joseph Cotten
  • “Have You Heard? The Story of Wartime Rumors,” a 1942 Life magazine “photo-drama” by Hitchcock
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar James Naremore

Cover by Patrick Leger, with F. Ron Miller

Foreign Correspondent
Cast
Joel McCrea
John Jones
Laraine Day
Carol Fisher
Herbert Marshall
Stephen Fisher
George Sanders
Ffolliott
Albert Basserman
Van Meer
Robert Benchley
Stebbins
Eduardo Ciannelli
Mr. Krug
Edmund Gwenn
Rowley
Credits
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by
Walter Wanger
Screenplay
Charles Bennett
Screenplay
Joan Harrison
Dialogue
Robert Benchley
Special production effects
William Cameron Menzies
Director of photography
Rudolph Maté
Special photographic effects
Paul Eagler
Art direction
Alexander Golitzen
Music
Alfred Newman
Film editor
Dorothy Spencer
Interior decoration
Julia Heron
Sound
Frank Maher

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