The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Alfred Hitchcock directs Doris Day, James Stewart and Brenda de Banzie in this starrier colour remake of his London thriller where a couple’s child is kidnapped when they learn an esoteric piece of information about an assassination.

Hitch but slow cooked. This is so at ease and off duty that when it does occasionally reset back into suspense mode it almost comes as a shock. Day and Stewart work well off each other. There are some superb set pieces but at nearly any juncture you could easily pop the kettle on, come back from the loo and set out some biscuits on a saucer and find the cogs of the conspiracy have not moved a jot during your comfort break. Hitch regulars Edith Head’s stellar costumes and Bernard Herrmann’S big score keep things classy.


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