Alfred Hitchcock

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassination. This fleet and gripping film is the first of the early thrillers the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, made during the fertile phase of his career spent at the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation. Besides affirming Hitchcock’s genius, it gave the brilliant Peter Lorre his first English-speaking role, as a slithery villain. With its tension and gallows humor, it’s pure Hitchcock, and it set the tone for such films as The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes.

Film Info

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • United Kingdom
  • 1934
  • 75 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #643

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover illustration by Bill Nelson, design by F. Ron Miller

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Classic Hitchcock

Classic Hitchcock

Blu-Ray Box Set

4 Discs

$75.96

Special Features

  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 a new essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover illustration by Bill Nelson, design by F. Ron Miller

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Cast
Leslie Banks
Bob Lawrence
Edna Best
Jill Lawrence
Peter Lorre
Abbott
Frank Vosper
Ramon
Hugh Wakefield
Clive
Nova Pilbeam
Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay
Louis Bernard
Cicely Oates
Nurse Agnes
D. A. Clarke-Smith
Inspector Binstead
George Curzon
Gibson
Henry Oscar
Barbor, the dentist
Credits
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Written by
Charles Bennett
Written by
D. B. Wyndham-Lewis
Produced by
Michael Balcon
Associate producer
Ivor Montagu
Scenario
Edwin Greenwood
Scenario
A. R. Rawlinson
Cinematography
Curt Courant
Editor
Hugh Stewart
Art direction
Alfred Junge
Sound recordist
F. McNally
Original music
Arthur Benjamin
Assistant director
Pen Tennyson

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