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Midnight Movie: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – James Stewart, Doris Day,Bernard Miles,Brenda de Banzie

04/08/2019

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Wikipedia

The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 American suspense thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Doris Day. The film is Hitchcock’s second film using this title following his own 1934 film of the same name featuring a significantly different plot and script.

In the book-length interview Hitchcock/Truffaut (1967), in response to fellow filmmaker François Truffaut‘s assertion that aspects of the remake were by far superior, Hitchcock replied “Let’s say the first version is the work of a talented amateur and the second was made by a professional.”

The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)“, sung by Doris Day.

Plot

An American family – Dr. Benjamin “Ben” McKenna, his wife, popular singer Josephine “Jo” Conway McKenna, and their son Henry “Hank” McKenna – are vacationing in Morocco. Traveling from Casablanca to Marrakesh, they meet Frenchman Louis Bernard. He seems friendly, but Jo is suspicious of his many questions and evasive answers.

Bernard offers to take the McKennas to dinner, but cancels when a sinister-looking man knocks at the McKennas’ hotel-room door. At a restaurant, the McKennas meet friendly English couple Lucy and Edward Drayton. The McKennas are surprised to see Bernard arrive and sit elsewhere, apparently ignoring them.

The next day, attending a Moroccan market with the Draytons, the McKennas see a man chased by police. After being stabbed in the back, the man approaches Ben, who discovers he is Bernard in disguise. The dying Bernard whispers that a foreign statesman will be assassinated in London and that Ben must tell the authorities about “Ambrose Chappell”. Lucy offers to return Hank to the hotel while Ben, Jo and Edward go to a police station for questioning about Bernard’s death. An officer explains that Bernard was a French Intelligence agent.

Ben receives a phone call at the police station; Hank has been kidnapped but will not be harmed if the McKennas say nothing to the police about Bernard’s warning. Knowing Hank was left in the care of Lucy, Ben dispatches Edward to locate him. When Ben and Jo return to the hotel, they discover Edward has checked out. Ben realizes the Draytons are the couple Bernard was looking for and are involved in Hank’s abduction. When he learns the Draytons are from London, he decides he and Jo should go to London and try to find them through Ambrose Chappell. MORE AT LINK

 

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