Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

David chose this movie for us to watch one night...I waited too long to blog it...
Jessica: Why did you choose this movie?
David: You wanted something you'd never seen before. And you wanted a classic movie.
J: What do you like about it?
D: I don't know. I guess I have good memories of it. I probably watched it for the first time when I was eleven or so. We'd go to Hastings... that was when I started to really like Hitchcock... I like the suspense.
J: What should people know about the plot?
D: Well, I don't want to give it away...
J: A little sound-bite.
D: I don't want to give it away... Family man Jimmy Stewart finds himself in the middle of intrigue along with his lovely wife Doris Day. It would give stuff away if I said anything else. Except I'll say this. There's a scene that can only be explained by the fact that Hitchcock wanted to have a scene in a taxidermist's.
J: Thanks.
D: No, thank you. This interview has been lovely.

Four stars, and I would watch it again. I also want to re-watch Hitchcock's 1934 version, because I saw it too long ago to remember just exactly how different it was...I assume no "Que sera sera..."

4 comments:

mismo said...

The original (1934 version) has Peter Lore as the lead villain. It is darker, more thrilling, less cinematic and of course b&w. Both have the classic assassin versus the orchestra finale. In this version, rather than drugging the mother into a stupor to avoid imagined hysterics, she actively pursues and stops the baddies. Really great.

Melina said...

I must say you have done a good job. Your blog is very good. You have collected some interesting old movies. I like also tv serials. I like Lost and Scrubs tv shows.

Ms. Q said...

mismo - I love Peter Lorre, will have to check that out!

Melina - thanks! and thanks for reading - I love Scrubs, too!

My Classic FIlms said...

Great Movie! I saw it along time ago and I don't remember most of it. I cant wait to watch it again. My buddy just started a classic film blog called myclassicfilms.com. It's pretty cool too!