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The Man Who Knew Too Much
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Release Date:
15 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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:
British Version is Fast-Paced, Witty, & Atmospheric 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:
Peter Lorre's first English language film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mrs. Lawrence faints, her right arm, holding the letter, is straight. In the next close-up shot her arm is bent.See more »
Quotes:
Abbott:You know, to a man with a heart as soft as mine, there's nothing sweeter than a touching scene.
Bob Lawrence:Such as?
Abbott:Such as a father saying goodbye to his child. Yeah, goodbye for the last time. What could be more touching than that?
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Soundtrack:
Storm Clouds CantataSee more »

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39 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
British Version is Fast-Paced, Witty, & Atmospheric, 20 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Both versions of Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" are well worth watching, and each one has its own strong points. While this British version cannot match the Hollywood remake in terms of star power and lavish production, it has several strengths of its own: it is fast-paced, filled with wit, and nicely atmospheric. Despite being 20 years older, it is also more 'modern' in its portrayal of the woman whose child is kidnapped.

Aside from Peter Lorre, always a big plus to any movie, the cast does not have too many names that would be familiar to today's audiences, but they all are good actors who fit in well with the style of Hitchcock's British films, exuding self-control and good-natured wit even in the most trying of circumstances. Edna Best as the heroine is noticeably different from Doris Day, lacking the glamour but giving a convincing performance as a more determined, resourceful mother.

There are some interesting settings in this version, too, with much of the action taking place in some interesting buildings in a less elegant neighborhood in London. A lot of it looks a bit murky in the old black-and-white print, but in a sense even that adds to the atmosphere.

Certainly there are those who have good reasons for preferring the remake, but every Hitchcock fan should watch the original, too. Hitchcock's British films had a pleasant style all their own, and while this one might not measure up to "The Lady Vanishes" or "The 39 Steps", it's still very entertaining.

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