The Man Who Knew Too Much (Paramount 1956, Doris Day, James Stewart)

Man Who Knew Too Much Doris Day, James Stewart

In The Man Who Knew Too Much twenty-two years after his earlier version of this story of a family’s accidental involvement in a political assassination plot, Alfred Hitchcock cast James Stewart and Doris Day in the leads as an American doctor and his retired-singer wife.

Shot in color and on location, this entertaining thriller moves swiftly to its justly famous climax at a concert of Arthur Benjamin’s Storm Clouds cantata at London’s Albert Hall.

It is fascinating to compare the two film versions, which are sometimes identical in shot composition and action. For the most part, the second version is the superior production, blessed with a fine cast and a superb score by Bernard Herrmann (who makes his only film cameo as the concert conductor).

The Albert Hall sequence in fact is a miracle of montage, lasting 12 minutes without a line of dialogue and consisting of 124 separate shots.

Cast: Doris Day, James Stewart, Christopher Olsen, Noel Willman

Producer and Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Original Story: Charles Bennett, D. B. Wyndham-Lewis
Director of Photography: Richard Mueller
Editors: George Tomasini, Luigi Tomasini
Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Screenwriters: John Michael Hayes, Angus MacPhail
Art Directors: Henry Bumstead, Hal Pereira

USA / Paramount / 120 minutes / 1956

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