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Year
1934
Runtime
75 min.
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Genres
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
6.9
Votes *
8,120
Checks
3,533
Favs
112
Dislikes
19
Favs/checks
3.2% (1:32)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. Nowhere Man's avatar

    Nowhere Man

    Chair fight scene is outrageously hilarious. 5 years 3 months ago
  2. ncc5843's avatar

    ncc5843

    Because the second movie is a remake of this one. 8 years 8 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    1934's The Man Who Knew Too Much is very much in the mold of Hitchcock's British work, which is to say there's a strain of absurdist comedy running through the suspense story (as in The Lady Vanishes) and is compact to the point of feeling a little disjointed at times (like Saboteur or The 39 Steps). This is a mad tale that includes nefarious dentists and church ladies, a ridiculous chair fight, and an extended shoot-out between the vague foreign agents, the police, and maybe a skeet shooter or two. Hitchcock would remake The Man Who Knew Too Much more than 20 years after this original attempt, and do it better, with more money, especially the Albert Concert Hall scene which here doesn't quite create the same tension, though it does make the orchestra seem like co-conspirators in an assassination. What it has going for it the 1956 version doesn't is Peter Lorre as the head villain. Some worthwhile moments, but all in all, Hitch's own remake is the better version. 1 year 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #525 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  2. This movie ranks #747 in The Criterion Collection
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