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The Man Who Knew Too Much is an OK early Alfred Hitchcock movie that has a solid enough premise yet lacks the punch of a true Hitchcock classic. Hitch also felt that this flick was somewhat lacking as he would go on to remake it three decades later. While both films aren’t all that great, I prefer the original. Whereas the remake was slick, this one has a rawness to it that suits the material a lot better.
The film’s set piece is the Royal Albert Hall sequence where the assassination attempt takes place during a concert. Although this scene is kinda suspenseful, things quickly go to pot afterwards. I know that Alfred Hitchcock is The Master of Suspense and all, but honestly, the final shootout is pretty awful. I realize police shootouts in movies were a new thing in the 30’s and they hadn’t really gotten the knack of filming them, but c’mon Hitch, you can do better than that.
Lorre later went on to star in Hitch’s Secret Agent.