Foreign Correspondent (United Artists) (1940)

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Marshall Became Star In Plush Talkie Era To Herbert Marshall belongs the distinction of having ap¬ peared in the first talking picture both in America and in Eng¬ land. He was playing on Broadway when he was offered an opportunity to appear in “The Letter,” starring Jeanne Eagels. This was the first American “all-talkie.” Later he returned to London, and was drafted by Alfred Hitchcock, then a rising young di¬ rector for British International, for a leading role in “Murder,” which was the first English all¬ talker. From that springboard, Marshall leaped to stardom in English pic¬ tures, and then returned to Amer¬ ica for more work before the cam¬ eras. He has pretty much alter¬ nated ever since between his home¬ land and Hollywood, and at present is again united with Hitchcock for the first time since he appeared in “Murder.” This time he has a leading role in Walter Wanger’s production of “Foreign Correspond¬ ent,” which will open on .... at the .... Theatre. Marshall was originally intended for a career as a public accountant, but after being graduated from Harrow and attempting to keep books for a London commercial, he was dismissed as unsuited for the job. Always interested in the thea¬ tre, he began his career on the stage in 1911 and has continued ever since with several years out for the first World War. He was gravely wounded in action, but re¬ sumed his theatrical work in 1921. Marshall was born in London on a May 23, the son of Percy F. Marshall, an actor, and Ethel Turner. When his career as an ac¬ countant failed, it was natural that he should turn to his father’s profession. He scored his first suc¬ cess in London in “Brewster’s Mil¬ lions” and then was hired by Cyril Maude to tour the United States and Canada with him in “Grumpy.” Cricket, soccer and polo are his choice of outdoor games. He likes to play poker, ping pong and chess. He also collects original sketches by contemporary cartoonists. DUTCH WINDMILL Black Derby Hats For London Scene Like the horse and buggy, plain dignified black derby hats are passing from the American scene rapidly, too rapidly, in fact, to please the property and wardrobe men who worked on Walter Wanger’s “Foreign Correspondent,” the film thriller now on view at the . . . Theatre thru United Artists release. The old Dutch windmill which forms the colorful and interesting background for one of the most dramatic sequences in Walter Wanger’s new film production, “Foreign Correspondent,” which is slated for its first showing at the .... Theatre on ... . thru United Artists release, is authentic in every detail. Even its huge wooden gears are made of apple-wood ex¬ actly as they are in Holland. Apple-wood is extremely hard but always green and “alive,” provid¬ ing an unusual flexibility. Other woods are too dry and brittle for cogwheels. The windmill, which was duplicated for “Foreign Cor¬ respondent,” is more than 300 years old. It was selected by Al¬ fred Hitchcock. For the first scenes of this timely international adventure drama, the Wanger company had to make three black derbies for Joel McCrea, because none was available in Los Angeles or Holly¬ wood, and 200 others needed for Amsterdam and London scenes had to be purchased from a New York auctioneer of bankrupt stocks and sent to the studios air express. Brown and gray derbies are avail¬ able at Hollywood costumers but plain black derbies are a rarity. “Foreign Correspondent” was di¬ rected by Alfred Hitchcock, noted director of screen thrillers. As one newspaperman to another, Joel McCrea and George Sanders talk over some mysterious doings which occur during the exciting action of Walter Wanger’s “Foreign Correspondent,” the thrill spec¬ tacle of the year which is slated for its premiere at the .... Theatre on ... . 4B—Two Col. Scene (Mat .30; Cut .50) PROGRAM SHORTS SENTIMENT Many Hollywood players, girls and men, change their names when they start in pictures. Some do it because they are superstitious and numerologists suggest a new grouping of letters as being lucky. Others are changed because they are unattractive. Laraine Day, feminine lead in Walter Wanger’s thrill drama, “Foreign Correspond¬ ent,” which was directed by Al¬ fred Hitchcock and is now on view at the .... Theatre, changed hers purely out of sentiment. When her studio suggested switching Loraine to Laraine for the sake of euphony, she insisted on changing her last name from Johnson to Day. Elias Day, famous dramatic coach, started her on her theatrical career. In “Foreign Correspond¬ ent,” Miss Day portrays the role of the daughter of an international peace exponent. She co-stars with Joel McCrea, and others in the cast include Herbert Marshall and Robert Benchley. COLLABORATION Collaboration with Alfred Hitch¬ cock, distinguished British director, on six of his most successful pic¬ tures, is the record of Charles Bennett, screen scenarist and play¬ wright, who has recently trans¬ ferred his activity from English studios to Hollywood. Bennett’s latest work for Hitchcock was on “Foreign Correspondent,” the Walter Wanger production now at the .... Theatre. For this pro¬ duction, he shared writing credit with Joan Harrison. The same pair also wrote the screenplay for “Re¬ becca.” Other Hitchcock produc¬ tions on which Bennett has worked include “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The 39 Steps,” “Secret Agent” and “The Woman Alone.” VERSATILE ACTOR Being a versatile actor has given George Sanders plenty to do. Thus far in 1940, he has played featured roles in seven noteworthy pictures. His latest is in Walter Wanger’s “Foreign Correspondent,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and showing at the .... Theatre. Sanders has been so busy as a screen menace that his last vacation was in Feb¬ ruary when he had one week be- Joel McCrea and Laraine Day in “Foreign Correspondent” 9A—One Col. Scene (Mat .15; Cut .25) tween pictures. Two days sepa¬ rated his other screen assignments, and recently he withdrew from the stellar role in one picture because he simply couldn’t be in two places at once. MOVIE FANS Two members of the “Foreign Correspondent” company, Director Alfred Hitchcock and Laraine Day, leading lady, are miniature movie fans and find amusement between pictures writing their own stories and filming them with friends and relatives as members of the cast. Hitchcock says he has learned con¬ siderable extra camera technique by using a minicamera himself. “Foreign Correspondent,” which stars Joel McCrea opposite Miss Day and features Herbert Marshall, George Sanders and Albert Basser- man, will open at the .... Thea¬ tre on ... . thru United Artists release. HOME GIRL Laraine Day, who has the lead¬ ing feminine role in Walter Wanger’s production of “Foreign Correspondent,” now on view at the .... Theatre, is probably the least traveled actress in Holly¬ wood. In the last five years she has been no farther from Los Angeles than San Bernardino, a mere 50 miles. She has never been farther East than Utah, where she was born, and although she has lived in California for eleven years, she has yet to see San Francisco or San Diego. FOREIGN CARS Nearly every foreign car in Hol¬ lywood was used by Director Alfred Hitchcock in the Walter Wanger production, “Foreign Cor¬ respondent,” which stars Joel McCrea and will start a run at the .... Theatre on ... . thru United Artists release. The bills for auto¬ mobiles for the Amsterdam se¬ quences, in which the cars played a prominent part, was $2,940. DARK-TRESSED LARAINE DAY WANTS TO ACT SANS GLAMOUR Heroine of “Foreign Correspondent” Puts Accent on Plain Common Sense Glamour is like a shiny new car—it looks great for a year or so and then how it fades. Being an astute young lady, Laraine Day has taken a lesson from shiny, glamorous things and decided that while they might be all right on a new car, they’re no permanent help to an actress determined to make her way in the world. -<S> DIRECTOR DOTES ON “DOODLING” “Doodling” is a great interna¬ tional pastime, and anyone with a pencil and a stray piece of paper can and usually does indulge, especially when phoning, or while idling. Books have been written on the subject, and learned professors maintain they can read the pres¬ ent, past and future of a doodler by an analysis of the scratchings he unconsciously puts on paper. Alfred Hitchcock is one person who doodles with a purpose. Dur¬ ing the many lapses of time dur¬ ing production of Walter Wanger’s “Foreign Correspondent,” which is now on view at the .... Theatre, the famous director could be seen apparently making unrelated marks with a pencil. But closer examina¬ tion revealed that he had been sketching scenes from the picture. When a question arose about the placing of a camera of the angle at which a scene would be photo¬ graphed, Director Hitchcock merely went to work with his pencil, and in a minute or two had sketched it all out. Before entering motion pictures in England, Hitchcock was an artist. In fact, his first job was that of drawing “art” titles for pictures in the silent days. It is a talent that he turns to good purpose now, and once when he was direct¬ ing a picture in Germany and there was no interpreter handy, he made himself understood by drawing a series of fast sketches. Miss Day, who has the leading feminine role in Walter Wanger’s timely thrill drama, “Foreign Correspondent,” now at the .... Theatre, might very easily be a “glamour girl” if she set her mind to it. She’s beautiful, she’s charming, she has personality. If the hot heat of public¬ ity were turned upon her, she might easily flower like a hot- house orchid and become the rage for a year or two, and then fade, just as orchids do. “I can see no advantage in try¬ ing to be something that you’re not,” she says, although she is smart enough to realize that she has equipment for an “oomph” campaign if she were so minded. Miss Day’s ambition is to be a great actress, and she’s shaping her career in that direction. If her own studio puts her in trivial stories which any good looking girl could romp through, she does them as best she can. But on her own time, she gets a few friends to¬ gether, writes a script of some fa¬ mous play and enacts it with all the seriousness and attention to de¬ tail as though she were doing it for a full sized camera instead of a 16 millimeter. Miss Day has wanted to be an actress ever since she can remem¬ ber. When she was a mere toddler in Roosevelt, Utah, her home town, she preferred little plays to the games other little girls played. Robert Benchley in “Foreign Correspondent” 14A—One Col. Head (Mat .15; Cut .25) SOME PENNIES FROM HEAVEN One hundred forty young extras who answered calls from the Walter Wanger studio for three days’ work in the Alfred Hitchcock production, “Foreign Correspond¬ ent,” which is now on view at the .... Theatre, found their pay envelopes contained three dollars more per day than they expected. The scene was an Amsterdam pub¬ lic square reproduced in the studio for one sequence of the exciting international adventure drama. Given a cycling test before being engaged, the extras peddled back and forth on slippery cobblestone streets for more than two hours of each eight hour day in heavy “rain.” Their bonus money was the producer’s way of rewarding their efforts and paying clothes pressing bills. Truly, pennies from heaven. Laraine Day in “Foreign Correspondent” 17 A—Thumbnail (Mat .15; Cut .25) t + Page Twelve