“Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock,” an original radio series produced by 88.7 KXMS, will continue at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with an examination of Alfred Hitchcock’s two films that bear the same title – “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
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, while 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.
Immediately following the one-hour broadcast will be an encore presentation of the examination of 1954’s “Rear Window,” another of the four Hitchcock films starring James Stewart.
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).