The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher budget, and the plaintive music of Bernard Herrmann (who appears on-camera, typecast as a symphony conductor). Though the locale of the opening scenes shifts from Switzerland to French Morocco in the newer version, the basic plot remains the same. American tourists James Stewart and Doris Day are witness to the street killing of a Frenchman (Daniel Gelin) they've recently befriended. Before breathing his last, the murder victim whispers a secret to Stewart (the Cinemascope lens turns this standard closeup into a truly grotesque vignette). Stewart knows that a political assassination will occur during a concert at London's Albert Hall, but is unable to tell the police: his son (a daughter in the original) has been kidnapped by foreign agents to insure Stewart's silence. The original script for Man Who Knew too Much was expanded and updated by John Michael Hayes and Angus McPhail.~Hal Erickson
This Suspense-Thriller is backed by a killer combination if acting – Stewart who "slow-talked" the best of them and Doris Day – the refreshing girl-next-door. Hitchcock had an uncanny knack for coming up with the unusual and this mystery hit the jackpot. It’s a great view.
Alfred Hitchcock , Doris Day and James Stewart- excellent cast, script and movie
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A classic Hitchcock movie
Such a shame that this great movie was released on the blu ray format without correcting some major problems such as print damage and color issues. Still an excellent movie that deserved to be preserved with a lot more TLC than it received. What a shame!!!