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The Wrong Man1956

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.

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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 Vivyan
as Det. Holman
Will Hare
as McKaba
Harry Stanton
as Correction Officer
Mel Dowd
as Nurse
Peggy Webber
as Miss Dennerly
Anna Karen
as Miss Duffield
Maurice Wells
as Department of Correction Officer
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
John Caler
as Soldier
Chris Gampel
as Department of Correction Guard
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
Olga Fabian
as Mrs. Mank
Paul Bryar
as Interrogation Officer
Don Turner
as Detective
Penny Santon
as Spanish Woman
Charles Aidman
as Medical Attendant
David Kelly
as Policeman
Helen Shields
as Receptionist
Dan Terranova
as Mr. Ferraro
Cherry Hardy
as Waving Woman
Elizabeth Scott
as Waving Woman
Walter Köhler
as Manny's Attorney
John Truax
as Suspect
Spencer Davis
as Prisoner's Lawyer
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
Mary Boylan
as Curious Customer
John R. McKee
as Police Attendant
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 (26) | Top Critics (4)

[O]ne of the master's must overlooked offerings. . . . But Henry Fonda's performance as the accused and our own current events keep this Wrong Man very pertinent. (Be aware the studios forced a happy coda onto the feature.)

June 15, 2021 | Full Review…

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

June 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Hitchcock's shadowy mise-en-scène is given a greater sense of veracity through his use of actual NYC locations.

September 8, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In its efforts to be comprehensive about the proceedings, educating audiences who might not know the ins and outs of a run-in with the law, the pacing isn't always tight.

August 23, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Director Alfred Hitchcock forsakes his usual shivers-and-giggles formula to produce a piece of glum honest realism closely based on an actual case.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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.........

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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