On Netflix these days, I curse a lot. I've watched a huge bulk of the streaming stuff and there's not a big turnover. Though there should be. Family Plot, for example, is a Hitchock film that is available for streaming (and one I love). But the bulk of his American films are not available for streaming. My big fear is that I will log on to Netflix next time and find Psycho available.
Why? Not having more films available is bad but even worse would be having films available that I already have on DVD.
So Foreign Correspondent is from 1940 and it stars Joel McCrea and Laraine Day. She's the daughter of Herbert Marshall (in the film) who is working for peace.
Hey, a movie about working for peace, that would be great,right?
Did you miss the release date? 1940.
WWII on the horizon. So of course this peace activist is evil. He's the bad guy.
Before that unwinds there's a lot going on and my favorite sequence takes place at a windmill. And then there's an attack on a plane.
It's an interesting film that mainly gets by on the charm and chemisty between the two leads. They do make a nice couple.
How does the film work? Great until the last two or so minutes when suddenly, in the midst of a bombing attack in London, the "Star Spangled Banner" -- and I'm not joking.
It's so heavy handed that it can really ruin the film. (Heavy handed in that the enjoyable film suddenly becomes a plea for the US to enter war.)
Also, check out Ann's site tonight, she's going to do a movie post.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"