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The Wrong Man

(The wrong man), (Il ladro), (Der falsche mann), (Le faux coupable)


Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold Stone,

Drawing on a true story, Hitchcock adopts the semidocumentary fashion of film noir to spin off the frightening possibilities when an innocent man is named as the guilty party in a holdup, and the weight of circumstantial evidence builds inexorably against him. Henry Fonda is the New York jazz player Manny, who works nights at the Stork Club but still can’t make ends meet for his wife Rose (Vera Miles) and kids. Bars and shadows are everywhere in Manny’s life, and in Rose’s—in the jail, of course; in the home (of course)—so when the final transference of guilt takes place, it should come as no surprise.

Judy Bloch
  • Maxwell Anderson
  • Angus MacPhail
Based On
  • The True Story of Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson

  • Robert Burks
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 105 mins
  • Warner Bros.

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Hitchcock: the master of suspense (program note), Stanford Theatre, 1992

The wrong man (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1982

The wrong man (program note), Toronto Film Society, Peter Poles, 1980

The wrong man (review), Variety, William Whitney, 1957

The wrong man (review), 1957

The wrong man (review), Photoplay, 1957

Biograph presents the films of Alfred Hitchcock (flyer), Biograph

Interview with Alfred Hitchcock (interview), Antaeus

Hitchcock (article), Charles Thomas Samuels

Hitchcock: master of the eloquent absurdity (article), Steve Vertlieb

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