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The Man Who Knew Too Much
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Directed By
Alfred Hitchcock

Written By:
John Michael Hayes

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 Jessica Film Junkie
November 5th, 2007

If Not For Day...

An interesting and very tense Hitchcock thriller about a family on vacation in Morocco when the husband is told some sensitive information and their young son is kidnapped to keep him silent.

James Stewart was a great Hitchcock actor because he was the every man and we can all relate to him. Where Cary Grant was a classy gent who said the kinds of things we all wish we could say and lived the kind of life we loved to dream of, Stewart was like our father, brother, friend or neighbor.

Doris Day, on the other hand, feels like an awkward fit here. Unlike the great Hitchcock blondes before and after her, like Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren or Eve Marie Saint, Day gives far too false a sheen in her performance. She is never raw but acts like, even in a film with such serious fare, she is in a musical comedy. Though a pivotal scene in the film relies on her singing, it never feels natural. I admit I am not much of a Day fan, but I would have loved to have seen what a more substantial actress could have done with this role.

The film overall is a captivating thriller. The orchestra scene is one of the most gripping of Hitchcock's dramatic irony moments. It could have stood the test like some of his better films if only there had been a different casting decision, but this is still an immensely enjoyable film.

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Feb 23, 2008 12:03 PM
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There is one song that I remember from my youth. I was about 12 and I had a 78 rpm record of Doris day singing Que Sera Sera. I played that record over and over until I broke it one day. That's the best part of this movie.

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