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The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

James Stewart
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Doris Day
Doris Day
, Brenda de Banzie
Brenda de Banzie
Alfred Hitchcock
The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

James Stewart
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, Doris Day
Doris Day
, Brenda de Banzie
Brenda de Banzie
Alfred Hitchcock


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The debate still rages as to whether Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much is superior to his own original 1934 version. This two-hour remake (45 minutes longer than the first film) features more stars, a lusher budget, and the plaintive music of Bernard Herrmann (who appears on-camera, typecast as a symphony conductor). Though the locale of the opening scenes shifts from Switzerland to French Morocco in the newer version, the basic plot remains the same. American tourists James Stewart and Doris Day are witness to the street killing of a Frenchman (Daniel Gelin) they've recently befriended. Before breathing his last, the murder victim whispers a secret to Stewart (the Cinemascope lens turns this standard closeup into a truly grotesque vignette). Stewart knows that a political assassination will occur during a concert at London's Albert Hall, but is unable to tell the police: his son (a daughter in the original) has been kidnapped by foreign agents to insure Stewart's silence. The original script for Man Who Knew too Much was expanded and updated by John Michael Hayes and Angus McPhail.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2013
UPC: 0025192176456
Original Release: 1956
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 16,363

Special Features

The making of The Man Who Knew Too Much; Production photographs; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Dr. Ben MacKenna
Doris Day Jo McKenna
Brenda de Banzie Mrs. Drayton
Bernard Miles Mr. Drayton
Daniel Gélin Louis Bernard
Ralph Truman Insp. Buchanan
Mogens Wieth The Ambassador
Alan Mowbray Val Pamell
Hillary Brooke Jan Peterson
Christopher Olsen Little Hank MacKenna
Reggie Nalder Rien, the assassin
Richard Wattis Assistant Manager
Noel Willman Woburn
Alix Talton Helen Parnell
Yves Brainville Police Inspector
Carolyn Jones Cindy Fontaine
Frank Atkinson Actor
John Barrard Workmen in Taxidermist Shop
Clifford Buckton Sir Kenneth Clarke
Peter Camlin Headwaiter
Albert Carrier French Policeman
Harry Fine Edington
Alex Frazer Man
Milton Frome Actor
Walter Gotell Guard
Harold Kasket Butler
Barry Keegan Patterson
Lou Krugman Arab
Lloyd Lamble General Manager of Albert Hall
Donald Lawton Desk Clerk
John Marshall Butler
John O'Malley Uniformed Attendant
Wolfgang Preiss Aide to Foreign Prime Minister
Alma Taylor Box Office Woman
Guy Verney Footman
Patrick Whyte Special Branch Officer
Peter Williams Police Sergeant
Betty Baskcomb Edna
Eric Snowden Special Branch Officer
Mayne Lynton Actor
Alexis Bobrinskoy Foreign Prime Minister
Enid Lindsey Lady Clarke
Patrick Aherne English Handyman
Lewis Martin Detective
Louis Mercier French Policeman
Anthony Warde French Police
Richard Wordsworth Ambrose Chappell, Jr.
George Howe Ambrose Chappell, Sr.
Gladys Holland Bernard's Girlfriend
Barbara Burke Girlfriend of the Assassin
Leo Gordon Chauffeur
Bernard Herrmann The Orchestra Conductor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Charles Bennett Original Story
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Associate Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Ray Evans Score Composer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Joslin Asst. Director
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Jay Livingston Score Composer
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Richy Mueller Cinematographer
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis Original Story

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