BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
One of the early Hitch films I have missed.
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT -- not to mention THE 39 STEPS, the original version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and THE SECRET AGENT -- leaves SALT and BOURNE choking in the dust.
I haven't seen THE SECRET AGENT, but I like the others a lot, particularly this one, which I saw years after having seen McCrea only in westerns. He was excellent.
Although he never achieved the fame of either of them, I always considered McCrae up there with Bogart and Cary Grant, and he was probably more versatile than either of them. He was equally at home in westerns, thrillers and screwball comedies. But after about 1950 he did little but westerns for the rest of his career. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
McCrae's also justly famous for the radio series "Tales Of The Texas Rangers."I like most of the British pictures that Hitchcock did. The original "Man Who Knew Too Much" has a much "ballsier" lead female character than Doris Day. She doesn't sing to locate her child, she uses a rifle and helps end the siege of the villain's hide-out with it.
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