Film of the Day: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Doris Day and James Stewart attempt to negotiate their son’s release. Photo: Paramount

With James Stewart and Doris Day in the lead roles, Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his own 1934 film is a timeless thriller. Dr Ben McKenna (Stewart) stays in Morocco with his wife Jo (Day) and son Hank (Christopher Olsen) when a man is fatally wounded in front of him.

The man’s dying words, whispered into McKenna’s ear, are dangerous – the doctor now knows more than he wanted to, and can’t leave what he has learned in the past… Hank is kidnapped by people keen to keep those words a secret, and so the couple set out to track down their son. This leads to a memorable climax at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The film won an Oscar for the best son – Doris Day’s performance of Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).


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