Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Raging Fluff

For our 16th review in our Alfred Hitchcock blogathon, here is a review of the original Man who Knew Too Much by Niall of Raging Fluff

The Sporadic Chronicles


Niall of Raging Fluff



Summary: While holidaying in the Alps, a British couple stumble into an assassination plot by foreign spies, and their daughter is kidnapped to ensure their silence

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much is less than the sum of its parts. It has many faults and a few pleasures. Although I’ve seen it several times, I won’t be in a rush to watch it again. I would much rather see The 39 Steps, and this early Hitchcock feels like something of a rehearsal for that fine, breezy slice of adventure, which was made a year later. Both films have many of what would become the director’s signatures: an innocent caught up in international intrigue; macabre wit; clever set-pieces; quaint English types; and a cameo by Hitchcock. But The Man Who Knew Too Much is still an important film in the Hitchcock canon:…

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2 thoughts on “Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) – Raging Fluff

  1. thanks for posting this, rob. regarding “rebecca”, my email has just decided to go haywire on me, so i will post the message here. I found a site where you can watch old movies for free (legally) online; they have Rebecca, so will watch it tomorrow and send you the review then


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