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Release Date:
15 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Public Enemy No. 1 of all the world... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Sending Hitch on his way See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leslie Banks ... Lawrence
Edna Best ... Jill

Peter Lorre ... Abbott
Frank Vosper ... Ramon
Hugh Wakefield ... Clive
Nova Pilbeam ... Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay ... Louis
Cicely Oates ... Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Binstead (as D.A.Clarke Smith)
George Curzon ... Gibson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Atkinson ... Policeman Shot Behind Mattress (uncredited)
Betty Bascomb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tony De Lungo ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Brockett (uncredited)
Joan Harrison ... Secretary (uncredited)
James Knight ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mitchelson-Hill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Oscar ... George Barber - Dentist (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Policeman with Rifle (uncredited)
H.G. Stoker ... Police Chief at Siege (uncredited)
Jack Vyvian ... Baker - Policeman Shot at Front Door (uncredited)
Percy Walsh ... Detective Inspector (uncredited)
Hal Walters ... Postman (uncredited)
S.J. Warmington ... Rawlings - Gang Member (uncredited)
Edward Wild ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (by) and
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis (by) (as D.B.Wyndham Lewis)

Edwin Greenwood (scenario) and
A.R. Rawlinson (scenario)

Emlyn Williams (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Ivor Montagu .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Arthur Benjamin 
 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Stewart  (as H.St.C.Stewart)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Production Management
Richard Beville .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Proud .... sets (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
F. McNally .... recordist (as F.McNally)
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... miniatures assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Lloyd .... camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Sargent .... clapper-boy (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Charles Williams .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1995) | Finland:(Banned) (1935) | Germany:12 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #620) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The film's producer, C.M. Woolf, hated the film and only allowed it to be released as the bottom half of a double bill. Nevertheless, it won rave reviews.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 21 mins) When Bob Lawrence and his daughter exit the chalet porch to watch the trap shoot, Bob pushes the left door outwards. When the camera cuts to an outside view of their leaving the building, it's the other door that is swinging shut, and it is closing from the inside.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Storm Clouds CantataSee more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sending Hitch on his way, 14 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although Alfred Hitchcock made several better films than this, including the 1956 remake, The Man Who Knew Too Much is a milestone film for the rotund master of suspense. It was the first film that got him noticed outside the United Kingdom, it led to bigger budgets for Hithcock to work with in British film industry and eventually to his departure for America.

Leslie Banks and Edna Best, Mr.and Mrs. upper class British couple on holiday in Switzerland with their adolescent daughter Neva Pilbeam. A Frenchman they befriend, Pierre Fresnay, is killed right in front of them on a dance floor and he whispers something to Banks about a planned assassination in London to occur shortly. The spies suspect what the dying Fresnay has said to Banks and grab Pilbeam to insure the silence of her parents.

The rest of this short (75 minute) feature is Banks and Best trying to both foil the assassination and get their daughter back. At the climax Best's skill at skeet shooting becomes a critical factor in the final confrontation with the villains.

Peter Lorre made his English language debut in The Man Who Knew Too Much and was very effective with the limited dialog he had. I've often wondered why Hitchcock never used Lorre more in some of his later features.

Although the 1956 version has far better production values, this version still holds up quite well and is worth a look.

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