The Wrong Man (1956)

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, etc.

This is based on a true story that works as a procedural film–specifically how the criminal justice system can get the wrong person. There’s really not that much suspense in the film, but there is an uneasiness created by the way the criminal-justice so easily get in wrong. The film makes your question our confidence in the system. Fonda’s performance as a timid and meek cooperation with authorities only heightens this unease. His behavior gives them no reason to suspect him and it should have made them question his a guilt a little more.

The 1001 book describes this as Hitchcock’s bleakest, and I agree it is a downer. The direction is very solid. I enjoy watching the images and editing that make his film seemless and logical.

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