The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alfred Hitchcock (1956)

PG Certificate


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Alfred Hitchcock once told François Truffaut that his 1934 version of this exciting thriller - about a family innocently involved in an assassination plot - was "the work of a talented amateur and the second was made by a professional". There's no doubt that this colour remake is technically more accomplished, while the deft tinkering with the finale adds considerably to the suspense. But not all of the additional 45 minutes are as well spent. Que Sera, Sera might have won the Oscar for best song, but its inclusion was solely to mollify Doris Day fans and the storytelling is occasionally over-deliberate. Nevertheless, James Stewart is superb, and Bernard Miles and Brenda de Banzie make admirable adversaries.


An American couple on holiday in Morocco witness the killing of a local man they have befriended. Before dying he whispers a secret that has serious political implications - but they are prevented from telling the police when their son is kidnapped by a gang of spies bent on keeping them silent. Alfred Hitchcock's remake of his own 1934 thriller, with James Stewart, Doris Day, Bernard Miles and Daniel Gelin. Featuring Day's performance of Oscar-winning song Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).

Cast & Crew

Dr Ben McKenna James Stewart
Jo McKenna Doris Day
Mr Drayton Bernard Miles
Mrs Drayton Brenda de Banzie
Buchanan Ralph Truman
Louis Bernard Daniel Gélin
Rien, the assassin Reggie Nalder
Ambassador Mogens Wieth
Val Parnell Alan Mowbray
Jan Peterson Hillary Brooke
Hank McKenna Christopher Olsen
Police inspector Yves Brainville
Assistant manager Richard Wattis
Woburn Noel Willman
Cindy Fontaine Carolyn Jones
Chauffeur Leo Gordon
Ambrose Chappell Jr Richard Wordsworth
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray