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One of cinema's greatest auteurs, Alfred Hitchcock's six-decade career generated an unmissable run of suspense-packed thrillers, strongly characterised by macabre plots and twist endings.
Starring British screen icon Leslie Banks and featuring the English-speaking debut of Peter Lorre, The Man Who Knew Too Much is one of Hitchcock's most thrilling pre-war British films, and one which he would remake twenty years later in Hollywood. This peerless suspense classic is presented here in a High Definition transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
While holidaying in Switzerland, the Lawrences are accidentally caught up in murder and intrigue when their friend Louis is fatally wounded by a gunshot. As he lays dying Louis confesses that he is a secret agent for the British government, and passes on vital information which may prevent another world war...
 Introduction by Charles Barr
 Aquarius: Alfred the Great - Hitchcock is interviewed on the 1972 Arts programme
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Alfred Hitchcock himself called this 1934 British edition of his famous kidnapping story "the work of a talented amateur", while his 1956 Hollywood remake was the consummate act of a professional director. Be that as it may, this earlier movie still has its intense admirers who prefer it over the Jimmy Stewart--Doris Day version, and for some sound reasons. Tighter, wittier, more visually outrageous (back-screen projections of Swiss mountains, a whirly-facsimile of a fainting spell), the film even has a female protagonist (Edna Best in the mom part) unafraid to go after the bad guys herself with a gun. (Did Doris Day do that that? Uh-uh.) While the 1956 film has an intriguing undercurrent of unspoken tensions in nuclear family politics, the 1934 original has a crisp air of British optimism glummed up a bit when a married couple (Best and Leslie Banks) witness the murder of a spy and discover their daughter stolen away by the culprits. The chase leads to London and ultimately to the site of one of Hitch's most extraordinary pieces of suspense (though on this count, it must be said, the later version is superior). Take away distracting comparisons to the remake, and this Man Who Knew Too Much is a milestone in Hitchcock's early career. Peter Lorre makes his British debut as a scarred, scary villain. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This is the first,and superior version of THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Hitchcock remade it 20 years later with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day, but this is better. It is a European film,with a stellar cast of Leslie Banks,Peter Lorre and Nova Pilbeam. It is greatly
influenced by the German school of Lang and Pabst. I recommend it highly, if you like a real thriller!
Although Hitchcock would remake this film (in my opinion no where near as well) this still stands as an absolute classic alongside his other British masterpieces The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. Peter Lorre steals the show as the evil conspirator with an excellent performance from Leslie Banks as the man who knew a little more than he perhaps should of. Essential viewing for any fans of classic cinema.
DVD The Man Who Knew Too Much arrived in time at my address. DVD is in very good condition.
This movie is important for my Hitchcock collection.
Thank you very much.
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