Foreign Correspondent (film)2Harrison, Ben Hecht, James Hilton, John Howard Lawson, John Lee Mahin, Richard Maibaum, and Budd Schulberg,with Bennett, Benchley, Harrison, and Hilton the only writers credited in the finished film. It was based on VincentSheean's political memoir
the rights to which were purchased by producer WalterWanger for $10,000.The film was one of two Hitchcock films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1941, the otherbeing
, which went on to win the award.
was nominated for six Academy Awards,including one for Albert Bassermann for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win any.
Joel McCrea as "Huntley Haverstock", foreigncorrespondent
The editor of the
New York Globe
(Harry Davenport) is concernedabout the "crisis" in Europe, the growing power of Adolf Hitlerand Nazi Germany, and the inability of celebrated foreigncorrespondents in getting answers about whether or not war willensue. After searching for a good, tough crime reporter for a freshviewpoint, he appoints Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) as a foreigncorrespondent, under the pen name "Huntley Haverstock".The reporter's first assignment is Stephen Fisher (HerbertMarshall), leader of the Universal Peace Party, at an event held byFisher in honour of a Dutch diplomat named Van Meer (AlbertBassermann). On the way to the party, Haverstock sees Van Meerentering the car which is to take him to the party, and runs tointerview him; Van Meer invites him to ride along. At the party,Haverstock meets Fisher's daughter, Carol (Laraine Day). Van Meer disappears mysteriously. Later, Fisher informsthe guests that Van Meer, who was supposed to be the guest of honor, will not be attending the party; instead he willbe at a political conference in Amsterdam.At the conference, Van Meer is shot in front of a large crowd by a man disguised as a photographer. Haverstock commandeers a car to follow the assassin's getaway car. The car he jumps into happens to have in it Carol and Scottffolliott (George Sanders), another reporter, who explains that the capital letter in his surname was dropped inmemory of an executed ancestor. The group follows the assassin to a windmill in the countryside.While Carol and ffolliott go for help, Haverstock searches the windmill and finds a live Van Meer
the man whowas killed was an impostor. The old man is drugged and unable to tell him anything. Haverstock is forced to fleewhen the kidnappers become aware of him. By the time the police arrive, the villains have escaped with Van Meer inan airplane.Later, back at Haverstock's hotel room, two spies dressed as policemen arrive to kidnap him. When he suspects whothey really are, he escapes out the window and into Carol Fisher's room.Haverstock and Carol board a British boat to England, and while a furious storm thunders overhead, he proposes toher. In England, the two go to Carol's father's house, where Haverstock sees a man whom he recognizes as one of themen at the windmill. He informs Fisher, but Fisher ignores him, saying that he will send a bodyguard to protect him.However, the bodyguard Rowley (Edmund Gwenn) repeatedly tries to kill Haverstock instead. When the assassintries to push him off the top of the Westminster Cathedral tower, Haverstock steps aside just in time and Rowleyplunges to his death instead.