The Man Who Knew Too Much (1935)
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The first film version of The Man Who Knew too Much proved to be the international "breakthrough" film for British director Alfred Hitchcock, transforming him from merely a talented domestic filmmaker to a worldwide household name. While vacationing in Switzerland, Britons Leslie Banks and Edna Best befriend jovial Frenchman Pierre Fresnay. Not long afterward, Fresnay is murdered. He whispers a secret in Banks' ear before expiring. This is witnessed by several sinister foreign agents, who kidnap
Apr 15, 1935 Wide
Jan 21, 2003
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An unusually fine dramatic story handled excellently from a production standpoint.
Directed with a fascinating staccato violence by Alfred Hitchcock, it is the swiftest screen melodrama this column can recall.
Hitchcock's tone is odd, with clever set pieces and tightly-constructed and edited sequences interspersed with awkward scenes of emotional restraint ("Steady, old girl, steady") and disconnected characters.
It's not that The Man Who Knew Too Much is necessarily boring, but it lacks that riveting suspense Hitchcock became known for later on in his career.
In the final analysis, the 1934 and 1956 versions are comparable in quality for different reasons, but the greatest single component of either film can be found in this '34 edition: the great performance by Peter Lorre as a menacing criminal mastermind.
not a particularly great film, although it is filled with isolated moments of greatness and hints of masterpieces to come
The first version of this story is grim, simpler and less technically accomplished than Hitchcock's own 1956 remake; Peter Lorre, in his first English-speaking role, is scary.
This is a suberbly structured thriller whose excellence is aided and abetted by a spirited cast.
Ainda refinando as técnicas que passaria a dominar com perfeição, Hitchcock cria um filme divertido, mas obviamente falho.
First and best version of the story.
Full of suspense, hijinks and that particular brand of gallows humour that can only be described as 'Hitchcockian'.
The earlier version scores two great points over its remake. One, of course, is Peter Lorre's brilliant, wheedling turn as the oleaginous Mr Abbott. The other is its climax.
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