Discord-logo.jpg Join our Discord!
If you have been locked out of your account you can request a password reset here.

Foreign Correspondent

From Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Correspondent 1940 Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Release Date 1940
Language English
Studio Walter Wanger Productions
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Jones alias Huntley Haverstock Joel McCrea
Carol Fisher Laraine Day
Stephen Fisher Herbert Marshall
Scott ffolliott George Sanders
Van Meer Albert Basserman
Stebbins Robert Benchley
Mr. Powers Harry Davenport
Mr. Krug Eduardo Ciannelli

Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 B&W spy thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. In August 1939, American reporter John Jones (Joel McCrea) is sent to Europe as a foreign correspondent of a prominent New York newspaper. His first assignment is to interview a Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Albert Basserman) at an event held by Stephen Fisher (Herbert Marshall), the leader of the Universal Peace Party. During the event, Jones makes acquaintance with Fisher's daughter Carol (Laraine Day). The following events lead Jones to the trail of a spy ring that hunts for Van Meer in order to get information about a top secret international treaty.

Foreign Correspondent was Hitchcock's second Hollywood production after leaving the United Kingdom in 1939. It was nominated for six Academy Awards in 1940, including the Best Picture and the Best Supporting Actor (Albert Basserman), but did not win any.

The following weapons were used in the film Foreign Correspondent:

Mauser 1934

In the scene in Amsterdam, an assassin (Charles Wagenheim) disguised as a photographer draws a Mauser 1934 Pocket Pistol concealed in his camera and fires at prominent Dutch diplomat Van Meer. What appears to be a Mauser pocket pistol, possibly same gun reused, is seen in hands of a fake Dutch police detective (Ken Christy) during the attempt to kidnap Jones from a hotel in Amsterdam.

1934 Mauser Pocket Pistol - 7.65x17mmSR
The assassin draws the pistol from his camera.
The assassin fires at Van Meer.
He puts the pistol in his pocket. This entire scene on the stairs was inspired by Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin.
The assassin fires towards Jones who tries to pursue him.
What appears to be a Mauser pocket pistol is seen in hands of the fake Dutch police detective.
The assassin (Charles Wagenheim) holds the pistol on a promotional image.

Colt Model 1903/1908

In the scene in the spy ring headquarters in London, a female accomplice (uncredited) takes a Colt Model 1903/1908 from a drawer. She holds reporter Scott ffolliott at gunpoint and then hands the pistol to the assassin (Charles Wagenheim) who in turn gives the gun to Tramp (Martin Kosleck). The pistol has bright nickel finish and standard black Colt grips.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Nickel with pearl grips - .32 ACP
The Colt is seen in the drawer.
Another view of the pistol in the drawer.
The female accomplice holds Scott ffolliott (George Sanders) at gunpoint.
Another view of the same scene.
The pistol in hands of the assassin.
The pistol in hands of Tramp.

Unknown handguns

Dutch policemen carry holsters for unknown handguns. These holsters seem to contain guns as they are not flat.

Foreign Correspondent-1940-Holster-1.jpg
Dutch policemen carry holsters on their belts. These holsters look like revolver patterns rather than pistol ones.

When two spies, posing as Dutch police, try to kidnap Jones, the one disguised as a uniformed police officer (Jimmy Dime) draws a pistol from his holster. The gun is seen very briefly and unclear.

Foreign Correspondent-1940-Pistol-1.jpg

Do Not Sell My Personal Information