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The Man Who Knew Too Much
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Directed By
Alfred Hitchcock

Written By:
John Michael Hayes

Cast:
James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Miles, Ralph Truman, Daniel Gelin, Alan Mowbray, Carolyn Jones, Hillary Brooke

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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Movie Review by Gabe
December 15th, 2006

Underrate Suspenseful Film

The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much is generally consider a minor work by Alfred Hitchcock, however this extremely false. The countless scenes showing a vacationing American couple (James Stewart and Doris Day) seem to lead nowhere, but about thirty minutes into the film, during a dreamlike murder (which takes place in bright sunlight) the film really gets good. This sets up the second and third acts of the film. You get to like the couple so much, you are 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.The ending, which involves a rescue at an embassy, is wonderfully silly and tense. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films. It's proof that Hitchcock loved his audience and wanted to keep them thrilled!
-Gabe

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