The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Leslie Banks
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Leslie Banks
Leslie Banks
, Edna Best
Edna Best
, Peter Lorre
Peter Lorre
Alfred Hitchcock

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The first film version of The Man Who Knew too Much proved to be the international "breakthrough" film for British director Alfred Hitchcock, transforming him from merely a talented domestic filmmaker to a worldwide household name. While vacationing in Switzerland, Britons Leslie Banks and Edna Best befriend jovial Frenchman Pierre Fresnay. Not long afterward, Fresnay is murdered. He whispers a secret in Banks' ear before expiring. This is witnessed by several sinister foreign agents, who kidnap Banks' daughter Nova Pilbeam to keep him from revealing what he knows: That a diplomat will be assassinated during a concert at London's Albert Hall. Unable to turn to the police, Banks desperately attempts to rescue his child himself, still hoping to prevent the assassination. The film's now-famous setpieces include the "Siege of Sidney Street" re-creation and the climactic clash of cymbals at Albert Hall, followed by the crucial scream of Edna Best. German film star Peter Lorre made his English-speaking debut in The Man Who Knew Too Much, though he was still monolingual in 1934 and had to learn his lines phonetically. Written by A. R. Rawlinson, Charles Bennett, D.B. Wyndham Lewis, Emlyn Williams and Edwin Greenwood (an impressive lineup for a 75-minute film!), Man Who Knew Too Much was remade by Hitchcock himself in 1956.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2013
UPC: 0715515100410
Original Release: 1934
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 29,988

Special Features

New Audio Commentary featuring Film Historian Philip Kemp; New Interview with Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; The Illustrated Hitchcock, an extensive interview with Director Alfred Hitchcock from 1972, conducted by journalist Pia Lindstrom and Film Historian William K. Everson; Audio excerpts from Filmmaker François Truffaut's legendary 1962 interviews with Hitchcock; Restoration Demonstration; ; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Banks Bob Lawrence
Edna Best Jill Lawrence
Peter Lorre Abbott
Frank Vosper Ramon Levine
Hugh Wakefield Clive
Nova Pilbeam Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay Louis Bernard
George Curzon Gibson
Cicely Oates Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith Insp. Binstead
Celia Lovsky Actor
Henry Oscar Dentist

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Arthur Benjamin Score Composer
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Edwin Greenwood Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Proud Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
A.R. Rawlinson Screenwriter
Hugh Stewart Editor
Emlyn Williams Screenwriter
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis Screenwriter

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