The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

USA, 1956.  , Filwite Productions. Screenplay by , based on a story by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .   Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1956.  Cannes Film Festival 1956.  

Alfred Hitchcock remade his own earlier version of this film, and though it’s technically better achieved, it isn’t as exciting as the original. James Stewart and Doris Day play a couple travelling through North Africa, their dream vacation becoming a nightmare when their son goes missing. They are soon informed that he has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom and the search for him, and for the reason why he would have been stolen from them in the first place, takes them from Morocco all the way back to London.  Photographed beautifully by the dazzling eye of cinematographer Robert Burks, the film features excellent performances and some exciting sequences, but the whole plot in general never feels as rich as Rear Window or To Catch A Thief.

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