The Wrong Man Overview:

The Wrong Man (1956) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and Herbert Coleman.


This is a Hitchcock thriller based on actual events and filmed in authentic locations. Stork Club bass player Fonda goes to an insurance office to get money for his wife's (Miles) dentist visit, and finds himself accused of a theft. He slips up while giving a handwriting sample and his spelling inadvertently matches a ransom note, whereupon he is jailed. Miles cracks under the strain of his imprisonment and trial, and has to be institutionalized. Bleak, unforgiving, and wholly unlike his more entertaining thrillers, Hitchcock walks the audience through the tedium and minutiae of police procedure, building a mountain of authentic incident that weighs heavily on the film.

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Film Noir Review: The Wrong Man (1956)

By Danilo Castro on Jul 28, 2022 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“An innocent man has nothing to fear, remember that.” Alfred Hitchcock was nothing if not a dramatist. He loved taking trivial settings and inundating them with so much tension that something as trivial as delivering a glass of milk or watching a neighbor could be a matter of life or ... Read full article

The Wrong Man (1956): Henry Fonda The Most Sympathetic of Victims

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 14, 2022 From 4 Star Films

I never grew up watching reruns of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but there’s kind of a ubiquitous aura about them. The man himself — the entirety of his portly physique — comes out of the shadows into a family’s living room to narrate some ghastly or unseemly crime with a droll ... Read full article

The Directors’ Chair: The Wrong Man and I Confess

By Theresa Brown on Nov 23, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Directors’ Chair: The Wrong Man and I Confess CAUGHT IN A TRAP…AND I CAN?T WALK OUT This month?s foray into director Alfred Hitchcock explores him putting characters into such black holes not even light can escape. I?ll give you a double whammy of two films where the legal... Read full article

Warner Archive: Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956) on Blu-ray

By KC on Feb 24, 2016 From Classic Movies

I found a real-life story more terrifying than any fiction...this is it!--Alfred Hitchcock The downbeat, but moving The Wrong Man was Alfred Hitchcock's only film to be based on a true story. It is also perhaps one of his most personal films, focusing more intensely on the director's mistrust of p... Read full article

Blu-ray Review: The Wrong Man

By Devon Powell on Jan 16, 2016 From Hitchcock Master

Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: January 26, 2016 Region: Region A Length: 01:45:20 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Alternate Audio: 2.0 French Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish (Castellano) Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish (Latino) Dolby Digital Subtitles: English?SD... Read full article

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Prologue narrator: This is Alfred Hitchcock speaking. In the past, I have given you many kinds of suspense pictures. But this time, I would like you to see a different one. The difference lies in the fact that this is a true story, every word of it. And yet it contains elements that are stranger than all the fiction that has gone into many of the thrillers that I've made before.

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Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of his usual cameos, standing in a restaurant as Manny sits, but decided on using a narrated prologue instead.
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According to the book "It's Only a Movie", Alfred Hitchcock asked John Michael Hayes to work on the treatment and screenplay of this film for no salary but for a percentage of the profits. Hayes declined, and their four-picture relationship ended.
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