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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Banks ...
Edna Best ...
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Abbott
Frank Vosper ...
Ramon
Hugh Wakefield ...
Clive
Nova Pilbeam ...
Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay ...
Cicely Oates ...
Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ...
Binstead (as D.A.Clarke Smith)
George Curzon ...
Gibson
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While holidaying in Switzerland, Lawrence and his wife Jill are asked by a dying friend, Louis Bernard, to get information hidden in his room to the British Consulate. They get the information, but when they deny having it, their daughter Betty is kidnapped. It turns out that Louis was a Foreign Office spy and the information has to do with the assassination of a foreign dignitary. Having managed to trace his daughter's kidnappers back to London, Lawrence learns that the assassination will take place during a concert at the Albert Hall. It is left to Jill, however, to stop the assassination. Written by garykmcd

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Lord High Minister of Everything Sinister! See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre que sabía demasiado  »

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Budget:

£40,000 (estimated)
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(British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Apart from the opening and end credits, there is only source music in this film, i.e. music that can be heard by the characters, such as dance music in Switzerland and Wapping, and the Benjamin cantata (with the rest of the concert on the radio). There is no underscoring music at all. See more »

Goofs

The first time Mr. Lawrence smokes in the Tabernacle church, we never see him light his cigarette, yet it starts smoking. See more »

Quotes

Abbott: Tell her they may soon be leaving us. Leaving us for a long, long journey. How is it that Shakespeare says? "From which no traveler returns." Great poet.
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Referenced in Muppet Babies: The Frog Who Knew Too Much (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Storm Clouds Cantata
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Benjamin
Words by D.B. Wyndham-Lewis
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Under the direction of H. Wynn Reeves
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Classic Early Hitchcock...
10 February 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Perhaps a bit hard to watch for younger generations, but this is the superior version of the yuppie couple whose only child is kidnapped and held for ransom (remade under the same title in the 50s by the same director, Alfred Hitchcock).

The film doesn't live up to "The 39 Steps" or "The Lady Vanishes" as one of Hitch's early works, but it is a superb example of classic low-budget filmmaking at its best. Yes, the effects (like the opening ski slope run) are incredibly laughable, but hey--it was filmed on a virtually empty budget by a relatively unknown director at the time with a low-budget cast in Britain.

Superb.

5/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer



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