The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG   |    |  Drama, Thriller

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An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

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  • "Man Who Knew Too Much, The" Director Alfred Hitchcock. 1956.
  • Doris Day and James Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • "Man Who Knew Too Much, The" James Stewart. 1956 / Paramount.
  • Doris Day and James Stewart in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • "Man Who Knew Too Much, The" Doris Day and James Stewart. 1956 Paramount
  • James Stewart and Daniel Gélin in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

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16 January 2001 | boris-26
Under-rated suspense masterwork.
When you start watching the 1956 version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, you'll think it's a minor work by Alfred Hitchcock. The countless scenes showing a lovely, but buffoonish vacationing American couple (James Stewart, Doris Day) seem to lead nowhere. But, hold on, about thirty minutes into the film, during a very dreamlike murder sequence (which takes place in bright sunlight, and involves blue paint) the film really takes off. Personally, I find the opening "character development" sequence between protagonists James Stewart and Doris Day very charming. It sets you up for the second and third acts of the film. You get to like this couple so much, you are raelly rooting for them as they try to rescue their kidnapped son amidst a plot to assassinate a visiting diplomat. Of course, the high-point of the film is the assassination itself, a twelve minute wordless sequence. Hitchcock beautifully brings us back to silent film! The ending, which involves a rescue at an embassy, is wonderfully silly and tense. For those not familiar with Hitchcock, this is Hitchcock's own remake of a film he made under the same title in 1934 in England. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. It's proof that this master loved his audience and wanted to keep them thrilled!

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Did You Know?


Sir Alfred Hitchcock requested blonde Doris Day for the main female role as he liked her performance in Storm Warning (1951), though Associate Producer Herbert Coleman was reluctant on Day, whom he only knew as a singer.


Jo McKenna: So, what do you do?
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Louis Bernard: Whatever gives the most profit.


Ben climbs up the bell rope and out the top of the bell tower to escape the chapel. A bell in such a small tower could not possibly be heavy enough to counterbalance Ben's body weight. Therefore, Ben would pull the bell to its limit whilst climbing, and the bell would not ring repeatedly as he climbs the rope. When Ben pulls the rope taut so that he can rappel down the roof, the bell rings twice more.

Crazy Credits

Partly because the rights to this film were acquired from Paramount by Universal, the Paramount VistaVision fanfare is played over the opening Universal logo. This is the way it is currently (2005) shown on television in the re-release version (1984).

Alternate Versions

The original film opened with the Paramount logo followed by their patented wide screen process, Vista Vision. In the 80's, Universal re-issued the film with their logo, and dropped the reference to Vista Vision. The Blu-Ray edition retains the Paramount/Vista Vision logos at the start, but carries the 80's Universal logo at the end.


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Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)


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Drama | Thriller

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