Great 1950s international spy-thriller. Just below Hitchcock's absolute best.
Not as dark as Rope or Rear Window. Feels a bit mass-market the film suffers as a result.
over 4 years
It's good, but there are unnecessary or hamfisted bits that should've been cut.
over 5 years
Too slow at some times, but in overall it's a good story.
over 5 years
Que sera... sera... whatever will be... will be...
Pretty average Hitchcock film. Points for the title track.
Even average Hitchcock is better than most films
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) is a suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is a remake in widescreen VistaVision and Technicolor of Hitchcock's 1934 film of the same name.
In the book-length interview Hitchcock/Truffaut (1967), Hitchcock told fellow filmmaker François Truffaut that he considered his 1956 remake to be superior, saying that the 1934 version was the work of a talented amateur, the 1956 version the work of a professional, but still he preferred the 1934 version due to its roughness.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Song for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)," sung by Doris Day at several points in the action. It was also entered into the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
An American family, Dr. Ben McKenna (James Stewart), his wife Jo (Doris Day) and their son Hank (Christopher Olsen) are vacationing in Morocco. On a bus from Casablanca to Marrakesh, they befriend a Frenchman named Louis Bernard (Daniel Gelin)...