[Quick Summary: An innocent mistake pulls a tourist into an international assassination plot.]
As far as Hitchcock scripts go, this wasn't my favorite.
But I would like to mention the ballsy choice of set pieces:
- French Morocco
- Savoy's Hotel
- taxidermist shop
- Royal Albert Hall
- Moroccan embassy
Hitchcock plays with the audience's expectations of these locations.
When unexpected things happen in dignified locations, it's quite a startling contrast.
ex. Jimmy Stewart tracks the kidnapper...to a taxidermy shop (?!)
ex. Jimmy then finds the head conspirator...preaching in a pulpit (?!!)
ex. Doris Day sings at the Moroccan embassy while her son is captive upstairs.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: The locations impacted me more subconsciously than I'd realized.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
by John Michael Hayes