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Hitchcock's 'Foreign Correspondent' at Gail Borden

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Submitted by Gail Borden Public Library

Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin, will continue its Brown Bag Lunch Classic Films with the 1940 film "Foreign Correspondent" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

The first of Alfred Hitchcock's World War II features. In attempting to learn more about a seemingly noble peace effort, American crime reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) walks into the middle of an assassination, uncovers a spy ring, and, not entirely coincidentally, falls in love -- a pattern familiar to admirers of Hitchcock's espionage thrillers, of which this is a thoroughly entertaining example. McCrea's hardy Yankee charms are neatly contrasted with the droll, English charm of colleague George Sanders; Herbert Marshall provides a plummy variation on the ambiguous "good-or-is-he-really-bad" guy; Laraine Day affords a lovely heroine; and Robert Benchley (who contributed to the script) pops up, albeit too briefly, for comic relief. (Not rated; 120 minutes.)

No registration is required. Coffee and tea will be served. The presenter will be Bob Cassinelli. For details, visit