The Wrong Man (1956)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1956.  Story by , Screenplay by Maxwell Anderson, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

Excellent drama by Alfred Hitchcock that is notable for being the first film he ever made that was based on a true story. This little change of pace also inspired him to make a far less flashy nail biter than usual, one that has an almost documentary feel to it with stark photography and natural acting that presage Psycho.  Henry Fonda plays a nightclub musician who is identified by a woman at his insurance company’s office as being the same man who robbed her at gunpoint some nights before. He is taken into police custody and fingered by a few more people as the culprit in a recent string of holdups, but he is completely innocent and has no idea why everyone seems to think otherwise. Meanwhile, his loving wife (, who does a marvelous job) is slowly driven mad by her inability to help him and the hopeless situation that they find themselves in. Hitchcock is so big a meany he even insisted that evidence from the real case that helped prove the hero’s innocence be omitted in the hopes of increasing the audience’s tension throughout the film.

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