Review: ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’

With Alfred Hitchcock pulling the suspense strings, The Man Who Knew Too Much is a good thriller. Hitchcock backstops his mystery in the colorful locales of Marrakesh in French Morocco and in London. While drawing the footage out a bit long, he still keeps suspense working at all times and gets strong performances from the two stars and other cast members. Hitchcock did the same pic under the same title for Gaumont-British back in 1935.

With Alfred Hitchcock pulling the suspense strings, The Man Who Knew Too Much is a good thriller. Hitchcock backstops his mystery in the colorful locales of Marrakesh in French Morocco and in London. While drawing the footage out a bit long, he still keeps suspense working at all times and gets strong performances from the two stars and other cast members. Hitchcock did the same pic under the same title for Gaumont-British back in 1935.

James Stewart ably carries out his title duties # he is a doctor vacationing in Marrakesh with his wife and young son. When he witnesses a murder and learns of an assassination scheduled to take place in London, the boy is kidnapped by the plotters to keep the medico’s mouth shut.

Stewart’s characterization is matched by the dramatic work contributed by Doris Day as his wife. Both draw vivid portraits of tortured parents when their son is kidnapped. Additionally, Day has two Jay Livingston-Ray Evans tunes to sing: ‘Whatever Will Be’ and ‘We’ll Love Again’, which are used storywise and not just dropped into the plot.

Young Christopher Olsen plays the son naturally and appealingly.

1956: Best Song (‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be’)

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Production

Paramount). Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay John Michael Hayes; Camera Robert Burks; Editor George Tomasini; Music Bernard Herrmann; Art Director Hal Pereira, Henry Bumstead

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 119 MIN.

With

James Stewart Doris Day Brenda de Banzie Bernard Miles Daniel Gelin Ralph Truman

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