“Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock,” an original radio series produced by 88.7 KXMS, will continue with an encore analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s two films that bear the same title, “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2.
“The Man Who Knew Too Much” is the only film the director remade. The original black and white film was produced in England in 1934. The better-known remake, shot in Technicolor and VistaVision, was produced in Hollywood in 1956. The original featured Peter Lorre and Leslie Banks. The remake starred James Stewart and Doris Day.
Michael Howarth, who teaches film studies at Missouri Southern State University, joins KXMS’s Jeff Skibbe as they compare and contrast the two films, the latter launching what would become Doris Day’s signature theme music, “Que Sera, Sera,” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The hit song received the Academy Award for Best Song in 1956.
Future offerings in the radio series will include analysis of “Saboteur” and “North By Northwest” (wrongly accused men), “Marnie” and “Spellbound” (clinical psychology), and “Foreign Correspondent” and “Lifeboat” (World War II).
“We have great depth of professional expertise on our campus, and KXMS as a promotional resource of the university is dedicated to revealing that expertise,” said Skibbe, the station’s general manager. “We appreciate Michael’s on-going contributions to the KXMS program schedule, and we encourage other faculty and staff to approach us with potential program topics or series concepts.”