The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Rated PG

A couple, whose son gets kidnapped in Morocco, sets off an international scheme. Starring James Stewart, Doris Day, and Brenda de Banzie.

This film is a remake of the 1934 film, both directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I will say that I have not seen the first film. This one is both a quintessential Hitchcock and a nontraditional Hitchcock film. The film starts slow as the family witnesses a crime they shouldn’t have and the parents work at getting their son back. Yet, the film has the suspense that is Hitchcock. There are parts of the script that have holes, and the family is not a squeaky clean one. The film features incredible cinematography on location. Stewart and Day are both playing parts that are not their traditional roles, and, at times, they are wooden – but other times they’re brilliant. This is a film worth a watch.

 

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