Hitchcock’s tale of Nazi espionage in World War II England brings together popular Joel McCrea as a journalist sent to Europe in 1939 and Utah-born Laraine Day as the daughter of a pacifist leader in London. A famous windmill sequence in Holland, an assassination attempt, and an heroic radio broadcast make Foreign Correspondent a topflight film of suspense and intrigue that, according to a Hitchcock biographer, “contains some of the best examples of Hitchcock’s bag of cinematic tricks.” Day’s personal papers are preserved in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
United Artists. 1940. 120 mins. Director: Alfred Hitchcock.