Wrong Man, The (Warner Bros 1956, Henry Fonda, Vera Miles)

The Wrong Man Henry Fonda

The Wrong Man is a Hitchcock thriller based on actual events and filmed in authentic locations. Stork Club bass player Henry Fonda goes to an insurance office to get money for his wife’s (Vera 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. Another splendid music score by Herrmann.

Hitchcock speaks the prologue to The Wrong Man, his only speaking cameo. He had appeared in a scene in a coffee shop, but later cut it out of the film.

The Wrong Man Henry Fonda

Excellent promo shot from the film. All fingers point to Fonda’s supposed guiltiness.

Cast: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Nehemiah Persoff, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone

Producer and Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Director of Photography: Robert Burks
Editor: George Tomasini
Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Screenwriters: Maxwell Anderson, Angus MacPhail
Art Directors: William L. Kuehl, Paul Sylbert

USA / Warner Bros. / 126 minutes / 1956

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