The Wrong Man (1956)




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Based on the true story of a musician wrongly accused of robbing an insurance company and the grave effect his predicament has on his family.
Classics , Drama
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Henry Fonda
as Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero (Manny)
Vera Miles
as Rose Balestrero
Anthony Quayle
as Frank O'Connor
Harold J. Stone
as Lt. Bowers
Esther Minciotti
as Mrs. Balestrero
Charles Cooper
as Det. Matthews
Nehemiah Persoff
as Gene Conforti
Laurinda Barrett
as Constance Willis
Norma Connolly
as Betty Todd
Doreen Lang
as Ann James
Frances Reid
as Mrs. O'Connor
Lola D'Annunzio
as Olga Conforti
Robert Essen
as Gregory Balestrero
Kippy Campbell
as Robert Balestrero
Dayton Lummis
as Judge Groat
John Heldabrand
as Tomasini
John Vivyan
as Det. Holman
Will Hare
as McKaba
Werner Klemperer
as Dr. Banay
Harry Stanton
as Correction Officer
Mel Dowd
as Nurse
Peggy Webber
as Miss Dennerly
Maurice Wells
as Department of Correction Officer
Anna Karen
as Miss Duffield
Emerson Treacy
as Mr. Wendon
William Hudson
as Police Lieutenant
Marc May
as Tomasini's Assistant
Leonard Capone
as Court Clerk
Harold Berman
as Court Stenographer
Chris Gampel
as Department of Correction Guard
John Caler
as Soldier
Silvio Minciotti
as Mr. Balestrero
Barry Atwater
as Mr. Bishop
Allan Ray
as Suspect
Dino Terranova
as Mr. Ferrero
Rosanna San Marco
as Mrs. Ferrero
Daniel Ocko
as Felony Court Judge
Clarence Straight
as Policeman
Olga Fabian
as Mrs. Mank
Paul Bryar
as Interrogation Officer
Don Turner
as Detective
Penny Santon
as Spanish Woman
Otto Simanek Sr.
as Mr. Mank
Charles Aidman
as Medical Attendant
Helen Shields
as Receptionist
David Kelly
as Policeman
Dan Terranova
as Mr. Ferraro
Cherry Hardy
as Waving Woman
Elizabeth Scott
as Waving Woman
Walter Köhler
as Manny's Attorney
Spencer Davis
as Prisoner's Lawyer
John Truax
as Suspect
Ed Bryce
as Court Officer
Henry Beckman
as Prisoner
Maria Reid
as Spanish Woman
Paul Carr
as Young Man
Maurice Manson
as District Attorney
Tuesday Weld
as Giggly Girl
Bonnie Franklin
as Giggly Girl
Dallas Midgette
as Customer at Bickford's
Pat Morrow
as Young Girl
Donald May
as Arresting Patrolman
John C. Becher
as Liquor Store Proprietor
Gordon B. Clark
as Police Attendant
George Earl Lee
as Delicatessen Proprietor
John R. McKee
as Police Attendant
Mary Boylan
as Curious Customer
Natalie Priest
as Delicatessen Proprietor's Wife
Rhodelle Heller
as Stork Club Customer
Olive Stacey
as Stork Club Customer
John Stephen
as Stork Club Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Wrong Man

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

Hitchcock's ultimate point evokes cosmic terror: innocence is merely a trick of paperwork, whereas guilt is the human condition.

Full Review… | June 28, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Frighteningly authentic, the story generates only a modicum of drama.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A sullen drama from the first scene until the last, anchored by rather sincere performances and conveyed in the sorts of shadows and silence that were the staples of mainstream film noir.

Full Review… | May 30, 2016

Devoid of any Hitchcockian touches, the movie disappoints only in that it could have been made by any filmmaker experimenting in the faux-documentary style during this period (Jules Dassin comes to mind) -- otherwise, it's gripping material.

Full Review… | January 30, 2016
Creative Loafing

...even the straightest of citizens will be looking over their shoulder.

Full Review… | November 25, 2015

It's a banner title in Henry Fonda's acting repertoire, and one that works to illustrate Hitchcock's fractured psychoses.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Wrong Man


In this very somber Hitchcock offering Henry Fonda is a everyman musician for an exclusive nightclub accused of a series of petty crimes. The effect on him and his family is the focus, as their lives, just above poverty to begin with, begin to unravel. Several scenes are noteworthy, like the booking in the police station and the courtroom scene, the sense of entrapment very palpable. Not a popular film, still worth your time.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A minor work for Hitchcock during his greatest period is far better than most films made today.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


(It) May have been extra-ordinary in its time or/and for Hitchcock fans, but if you ask me.........

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familiar stranger

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