The Man Who Knew Too Much
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James Stewart and Doris Day give magnificent performances as Ben and Jo McKenna, an American couple vacationing in Morocco, whose son is kidnapped and taken to England. Caught up in international espionage, the McKennas' lives hang in the balance as they race to save their son in the chilling, climactic showdown in London's famous Royal Albert Hall.
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As for the movie itself: I consider it first-tier, second-drawer Hitchcock—not one of the director's masterpieces, but certainly one of the best pictures issuing from his extraordinary run at Paramount (1954–60): a notch above "The Trouble with Harry," several notches below "Rear Window." The cast is perfect, from the stars down to the smallest supporting players. In terms of suspense, there's a structural flaw in the storyline that the talented screenwriter John Michael Hayes could not overcome. No one else could have, either: the film's real climax is the Royal Albert Hall concert, which is one of Hitchcock's grandest set-pieces. Really, the movie should have ended there, save for the inconvenient fact that the American parents, played by James Stewart and Doris Day, must be reunited with their kidnapped child. That takes almost another 25 minutes to resolve, and, while necessary, causes a sag in tension. That said, if you don't own "TMWKTM," love Hitchcock, and do not own this movie, I highly recommended it at what (at this writing) is a bargain price for Blu-ray.
But truly an enjoyable film, so glad I've added it to my Hitchcock collection and hope to enjoy for years to come..
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