- The Man Who Knew Too Much review by Steve
Everything suddenly clicked into place in the first film that was unmistakably a Hitchcock suspense picture. A couple find their daughter has been kidnapped to prevent them going to the police with information about an assassination attempt at the Albert Hall.
Michael Balcon who gave Hitch his first chance, rescued the director from a string of substandard productions to direct this exciting thriller.
With Charles Bennett now as the main script collaborator there is sophisticated and witty dialogue. The ensemble playing is good, with Peter Lorre a most superior villain. We get European locations and political intrigue and a shameless McGuffin. It's worth noting that in this run of suspense thrillers in the mid thirties, there is a premonition of a threat from Europe in Hitch's plot devices.
It's not flawless (the leads are a touch grey) but now we are entering the era of classic Hitchcock. And the brilliant climax at the Albert Hall is a sensational Hitchcock set piece, with the assassin ready to shoot on the clashing of the symbols...
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