Rent The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

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1h 12min
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Synopsis:
Bob Lawrence (Leslie Banks), is holidaying in Switzerland with his wife Jill (Edna Best) and daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam). A Frenchman they have befriended is murdered in front of him, whispering about a planned assassination that will put the British government in jeopardy. Betty is abducted to ensure Bob's silence until after the assassin (Peter Lorre) has carried out his grim task in the planned setting of the Albert Hall, how can Bob do his patriotic duty but at the same time keep his daughter out of danger? Hitchcock enjoyed this thriller so much he remade it in Hollywood twenty years later.
With an excellent cast, superb chase sequences and the terrible drama of an innocent man caught up in circumstances he cannot control, this however remains the superior version.
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Balcon
Writers:
Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham-Lewis
Studio:
Carlton Video
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/04/2003
Run Time:
72 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/01/2015
Run Time:
75 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Charles Barr
  • Aquarius: Alfred the Great - Hitchcock is interviewed on the 1972 Arts programme
  • Image Gallery

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Classic Hitchcock. - The Man Who Knew Too Much review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
Updated 24/02/2021

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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