Monday, February 15, 2010
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Ludicrous but highly entertaining. Lots of gritty action and strange comedy. Peter Lorre, in his first English role, plays a giggling, skunk-haired leader of a group of assassins who kidnap a teenage girl to keep her parents, who have stumbled onto vital information, quiet. Remade in the fifties with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. The remake substituted middle-class angst for the stiff upper lips of the original. I'll take the stiff upper lips, especially if it means no one sings que sera sera. Nova Pilbeam is great as the quivering, saucer-eyed kidnapped girl.