‘THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH’: A HITCHCOCK KIDNAPPING MYSTERY

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Featuring two incomparable stars of their cinematic generation, The Man Who Knew Too Much is another solid watch in my journey of watching the films of Hitchcock’s library.

The Man who Knew Too Much (1956) Film Review

Vacation turns unpleasant for the McKenna family when their worst nightmare happens. Young Hank is kidnapped which causes his parents, Ben and Jo (James Stewart, Doris Day) fear and confusion. How does the curious stranger they meet on the bus coming into Morocco factor in? Or what about the kind English couple they share dinner with? An assassination plot also causes anguish leading the couple back to England and a search to find where their son is.

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‘THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH’: A HITCHCOCK KIDNAPPING MYSTERY. James Stewart stars in this 1956 mystery flick. All text © RissiWrites.com

Better than some of the famous films I’ve seen by Hitchcock featuring a famous actor, I actually tend to like James Stewart quite a lot. He plays characters that perhaps don’t have a lot of layers, same as other actors of his generation, but I still like him. This is the second I saw with this cinematic duo, so him as leading man didn’t surprise me, however Doris Day as leading lady does. I forgot she was in a Hitchcock film, but she plays the role well. I found her interesting, perhaps most of all, and feel like she adds some interest to the film. Plus, though odd, The Man Who Knew Too Much still gives Day the chance to sing her famous song.

Though obviously not filmed on location, the film is still good. I like the story and how it sets up the mystery though this one isn’t a “creepy” mystery which I appreciate. The film also has a touch of comedy even amidst the seriousness. If you like some mysteries and films from Alfred Hitchcock, you should enjoy this film.

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‘THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH’: A HITCHCOCK KIDNAPPING MYSTERY. James Stewart stars in this 1956 mystery flick. All text © RissiWrites.com

Content: nothing to note outside of the “tenseness” of the kidnapping and fear (from the perspective of the McKenna’s) over what has happened to their child. Some may also be bothered by a man giving a woman drugs to “calm” her and make her drowsy; it isn’t for nefarious purposes, but rather to try and help her. Still it may annoy some. The film is PG.

Photos: Paramount Pictures

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