Film legend, Alfred Hitchcock, does what he does best in this 1934 motion picture: he creates suspense and intrigue to the viewer in this fast paced thriller. And to top it off, the cast of actors do their job as well as it could be done. “The Man Who Knew Too Much” will be a classic for ages to come.
When Bob and Jill Lawrence (Leslie Banks and Edna Best) take a trip to Switzerland with their daughter Betty (Noca Pilbeam), they get caught up in a scheme which leads to murder, kidnapping, and a plan to murder an Ambassador. Abbot (Peter Lorre), the mastermind behind the crime, does everything he can to carry out his assassination plot of the Ambassador.
“The Man Who Knew Too Much” should be known for one of the best acting performances of all time. This was done by Peter Lorre. Not only did he do a great job as a “bad guy”, but he did not even know English when he did this film. He learned all of his lines phonetically. While watching the film, it couldn’t be noticed that this was the case. Lorre did have a bit of an accent, but that was as far as his language barrier seemed to go.
This film also has a historical background for one of its scenes. The shootout at the end of the movie was an interpretation of the Sidney Street Siege that happened in London in 1910. This is known as one of the worst acts of violence in British history.
It should be noted that Hitchcock did a remake of this film(his own film) twenty-two years later in 1956, the only remake that he ever created. Hitchcock says that he did this cause “The first version was done by a talented amateur and the second was done by a professional.”
“The Man Who Knew Too Much” is a must see for any fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s. For that matter, it’s a must see for any fan of quality movies made before 1950. It is a suspense filled thriller that that will have you gripping the edge of your seat. Not only is it a great storyline executed to perfection, but it also makes a person think about what they would do if they “Knew Too Much.”
By: Mathew Perez