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Library Journal (2013) - The Man Who Knew Too Much





The Man Who Knew Too Much. b/w. 75+ min. Criterion Collection. 1934. DVD ISBN 9781604656800. $29.95; Blu-ray ISBN 9781604656794. $39.95.

Everyday folks who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances started an Alfred Hitchcock trend with his 17th feature film, a thriller the director remade in 1956 after coming to Hollywood. Peter Lorre stars as the scar-faced baddie who kidnaps a couple's daughter to keep them from revealing assassination plans for a foreign dignitary. Culminating in a shootout worthy of an action picture, Man exemplifies Hitch's foreshadowing and droll humor while remaining way too emotionally cool. For the filmmaker's many fans.