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The Man Who Knew Too Much



The Man Who Knew Too Much
(1934)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Charles Bennett & D.B. Wyndham-Lewis
Cast: Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre
Genre: Thriller


"A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet."


Peter Lorre who plays the bad guy, was just great in this, so much so that I found myself rooting for him and not for the father of the abducted girl. Peter Lorre was very memorable and even funny in an unintentional, but good way.

But the actors who played the mother and father didn't do much for me. They were OK, but they didn't really elevate the movie with their acting.

I kind of found the film to be static and not too involving. I thought the shoot out scene with the assassins and the cops in the Temple of the Sun was kind of weak. I never knew Hitch did a shoot em up movie, I was surprised by that as it was quite a shoot out.

Not a bad film, but not even close to a great Hitchcock film. I much prefer the more heart felt remake that Hitch did in 1956 with James Stewart and Doris Day.