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The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • Film
The Man Who Knew Too Much 1934

Time Out says

Vintage Hitchcock, with sheer wit and verve masking an implausible plot that spins out of the murder of a spy (Fresnay) in an equally implausible Switzerland (all back-projected mountains), leaving a pair of innocent bystanders (Banks and Best) to track his secret - and their kidnapped daughter - in a dark and labyrinthine London. Where the remake had Doris Day maternally crooning with fateful foreboding, sharpshooting Best simply grabs a rifle and gets after the villains. Pacy, exciting, and with superb settings (taxidermist's shop, dentist's chair, mission chapel complete with gun-toting motherly body, shootout re-enacting the Sidney Street siege, terrific climax in the Albert Hall), it also has nice villainy from a scarred, leering Lorre (here making his British debut). At two-thirds the length of the remake, it's twice the fun. (From an original story by Charles Bennett and DB Wyndham Lewis.

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Release Details

  • Duration:75 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Alfred Hitchcock
  • Screenwriter:AR Rawlinson, Edwin Greenwood
  • Cast:
    • Leslie Banks
    • Edna Best
    • Peter Lorre
    • Nova Pilbeam
    • Frank Vosper
    • Hugh Wakefield
    • Pierre Fresnay
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