Film: The Man Who Knew Too Much

Opened: May 16, 1956

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Bernard Miles, Brenda de Banzie, Christopher Olsen, Ralph Truman, Daniel Gélin, Mogens Wieth, Alan Mowbray, Hillary Brooke & Reggie Nalder

Alfred Hitchcock’s legacy is in how well his films have held up over the years, and The Man Who Knew Too Much is the perfect example of this.

While on vacation in Morocco, Dr. Benjamin McKenna (James Stewart) accidentally finds out that a statesman is going to be murdered in London. When it’s discovered that he’s withholding information, Benjamin’s son Hank (Christopher Olsen) is kidnapped. Together, Benjamin and his wife Jo (Doris Day) work to save their son.

Audiences will immediately feel the terror of a parent losing their child with Day’s performance – featuring her iconic “Que Sera, Sera.” She is wonderfully strong in a role that many other writers would’ve pushed to the side.

The intense thrills last throughout the film and will have you constantly on the edge of your seat.

Final say: The man wants more. ★★★★★

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