Movie Fact #850 – October 9th, 2015:

The original 1934 British suspense film “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, directed by Alfred Hitchcock who remade the film with actor James Stewart and actress Doris Day in 1956 for Paramount Pictures, was very different in tone, in setting, and in many plot details to the later 1956 version. One main difference was the shoot-out at the end of the 1934 film which was based on the Sidney Street Siege, a real-life incident which took place in London’s East End (where Hitchcock grew up) on 3 January 1911. This shoot-out was not included in Hitchcock’s 1956 remake although this could note Hitchcock evolving.

In fact, in the book-length 1967 interview “Hitchcock/Truffaut”, in response to fellow filmmaker François Truffaut’s assertion that aspects of the remake were by far superior, Hitchcock replied “Let’s say the first version is the work of a talented amateur and the second was made by a professional.” 

Published in: on October 17, 2015 at 9:50 PM  Leave a Comment  

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