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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

US 120m, Colour
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke, Christopher Olsen

TheManWhoKnewTooMuchAs a remake of his own 1934 thriller of the same name, the 1956 version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” is an odd film which straddles the line between classic film making and a more modern approach. In classic Hitchcock style, we follow the plight of an unsuspecting family who inadvertently become involved in a political assassination plot. The film’s modern sensibility is largely a consequence of Doris Day’s curious performance of “Que Sera, Sera” amid the rescue of her kidnapped son. Despite the somewhat awkward and old-fashioned performances, the most distracting aspect of the film lay in the almost laughable rear projection shots which are highlighted by the Technicolor process (Klaus Ming December 2010).

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4 comments on “The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

  1. Dave Becker
    12/22/2010

    Oddly enough, the original MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH was one of the first Hitchcock movies I ever saw. I liked the quick pacing of the original, something I always felt was lacking in the remake (which I’m sure had something to do with the fact that the remake clocked in at just over 2 hours. The original was a brisk 75 minutes).

  2. Klaus
    12/23/2010

    Interesting, i’ve yet to see the original. I’ll have to track a copy down.

  3. Dave Becker
    12/23/2010

    I picked it up years ago in a bargain bin of VHS tapes. I think it’s a public domain film, so there should be plenty of cheap DVDs out there for the taking.

  4. Klaus
    02/16/2016

    A reminder to look for the 1934 version this evening.

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