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The Man Who Knew Too Much

The sole instance of Hitchcock actually remaking one of his earlier movies, this replaces the British version's tight, economic plotting and quirky social observations with altogether glossier production values and a typically '50s examination of the family under melodramatic stress. Stewart and Day are the complacent couple whose son is kidnapped by spies, and who wend their way through a characteristically Hitchcockian series of suspense set pieces (including a virtuoso crescendo at the Albert Hall) in their attempts to recover him. Starting slowly amid colourful but rather superfluous travelogue-style Moroccan footage, the film improves no end as it progresses, with anxiety about the boy's safety steadily undermining the apparent happiness of a marriage founded on habit and compromise.

Release details

Duration: 120 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: John Michael Hayes
Cast: James Stewart
Doris Day
Brenda de Banzie
Bernard Miles
Ralph Truman
Daniel GĂ©lin
Alan Mowbray
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