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The discription of the film is the first version with Peter Laurie from 1934. This is the rerelease of the remake with James Stuart and Doris Day and is shot In 1956 but could be much later in its fine modern version. Hitchcock makes a cameo appearance in the scene with the acrobats.
My mother took me to see this film when I was 9-years-old. I loved it. But now I see it through older eyes and am just okay with the film. Frankly the plot is stricly Hitchcockian. That means to suspend our better sense and logic and let the man with the misshaped body and head to direct us for a few hours. Frankly, I don't see the McKenna family vacationing in Morocco, have their son kidnapped, keep it from the police, go to England with the idea that they can retrieve their son with none of them getting hurt. Personally I liked the original film from 1934 where Peter Lorre made his debut to the film world. Lorre didn't speak English and had to memorize all of his lines for the film. The Stewart/Day film takes place in 1955 and has no standout personality playing the bad guy. Without the bad guy there is no real drama.
I liked this movie. If you like 1950 style mystery suspense movies, you will like this movie. Alfred Hitchcock did a great job with it.
This is an under-rated Hitchcock movie in my opinion. It's Doris Day's best acting and Jimmy Stewart was wonderful as well. The scene at the Royal Albert Hall with the symphony makes the movie come alive. And I loved the classic Hitchcock ending! Entertaining all around.
doris day had nice hooters
"The man who knew too much", 1934 starred Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, and 15 year old Nova Pilbeam. What attracted HItchcock was blond women and that was Edna and Nova. But the real force here is Peter Lorre with his slicked down hair and the white stripe. Lorrie has a devilish look in his eyes and doesn't shrink from gun fire. It was his first English language role with no detectable foreign accent. I thought Hitchock put a tremendous amount of action in this 76 minute film. It is a little campy (this is a British film and it is only 1934) but there were no previous films to give audiences the feeling they have seen these scenes before. The shootout between the bad guys and the police with neighborhood people barely standing out of the way is quite good. Hitch remade this film in 1956 with James Stewart and Doris Day as the worried parents. That remake took 120 minutes with not as much of a buildup as the 1934 film.
This is an earlier work by Hitchcock, and I find it only so-so. Pretty wooden acting if you ask me. And way too much smoking on the screen. Passable.
Have to disagree with most people here I found the first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much to be superior. Peter Lorre makes an excellent villain which as most directors admit is one of the keys to a successful movie. The first version also has a stronger female lead. She is an Olympic Champion Sharp Shooter which turns out to be a valuable asset during the film's climax. Second version has more star power but the back projections in Morocco are awful and the ending slightly ridiculous.
One of Hitchcock's best. Doris Day and Jimmy Stewart are excellent. I will never hear Que Sera Sera again without thinking of this movie. Two thumbs up.
This is another great Alfred Hitchcock movie! Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day have outdone themselves. :)
The couple are vacationing in Morocco, when they discover an assassination plot! In an effort to prevent Mr. and Mr. McKenna (James & Doris) from interfering, the conspirators kidnap their son!
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