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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

A little knowledge can be a deadly thing!
director Alfred Hitchcock
producers Herbert Coleman
Alfred Hitchcock
writer John Michael Hayes
starring James Stewart
Doris Day
Brenda De Banzie
Bernard Miles
original music Bernard Herrmann
cinematographer Robert Burks
editor George Tomasini
running time 120 minutes
colour colour (Technicolor)
sound mix mono (Westrex Electric Sound System)
aspect ratio 1.66:1 VistaVision
studio Paramount Pictures
distributor Paramount Pictures
availability DVD & Blu-ray


Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife Jo and their son Hank are on a touring holiday of Africa when they meet the mysterious Louis Bernard on a bus. The next day Bernard is murdered in the local marketplace, but before he dies he manages to reveal details of an assassination about to take place in London. Fearing that their plot will be revealed, the assassins kidnap Hank in order to keep the McKenna's silent. Ben and Jo go to London and take matters into their own hands. (© IMDB)


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Blu-ray Releases

released in 2012

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available as an individual disc or as part of the box set Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Universal (Blu-ray, 2012)

DVD Releases

released in 2007

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PAL 1.85:1

released in 2006

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Amazon (USA)
NTSC 1.85:1 (anamorphic)

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