The Wrong Man

Not many Hitchcocks left I haven’t seen. Tonight I was able to tick off his 1956 The Wrong Man. Starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles, Hitch based the film on a true story of a NYC musician who becomes wrongfully accused of a hold up and robbery. Based on Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero by Maxwell Anderson and the magazine article “A Case of Identity” (Life magazine, June 29, 1953) by Herbert Brean, The Wrong Man boasts adoration from French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard as well as being inspiration for Martin Scorese’s Taxi Driver. The plot contains a simple tale of a working man in 1953 who gets incorrectly identified as a local stick-up criminal. Fonda plays Manny quietly and effectively. Vera Miles adds some melodrama to the noir genre. The Wrong Man ends up being pretty standard fare – nothing earth-shattering about this film. It’s decent above average Hitchcock. Not his best, but certainly not his worse. 3.5 out of 5.

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