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Release Date:
15 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Public Enemy No. 1 of all the world... See more »
Plot:
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Vastly underrated See more (105 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Banks ... Bob Lawrence

Edna Best ... Jill Lawrence

Peter Lorre ... Abbott
Frank Vosper ... Ramon Levine

Hugh Wakefield ... Clive

Nova Pilbeam ... Betty Lawrence

Pierre Fresnay ... Louis Bernard
Cicely Oates ... Nurse Agnes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Binstead (as D.A. Clarke Smith)
George Curzon ... Gibson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Atkinson ... Policeman Shot Behind Mattress (uncredited)
Betty Baskcomb ... Lawrence's Maid (uncredited)
Cot D'Ordan ... Concierge (uncredited)
Tony De Lungo ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Brockett (uncredited)
Pat Hagen ... Policeman at Siege (uncredited)
Joan Harrison ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edward A. Hill-Mitchelson ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man in the Raincoat Passing The Bus (uncredited)
James Knight ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Arnold Lucy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Andreas Malandrinos ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Henry Oscar ... George Barbor - Dentist (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Policeman with Rifle (uncredited)
H.G. Stoker ... Police Chief at Siege (uncredited)
Robert Brooks Turner ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Vyvian ... Baker - Policeman Shot at Front Door (uncredited)
Percy Walsh ... Detective Inspector (uncredited)
Hal Walters ... Postman (uncredited)
S.J. Warmington ... Rawlings - Gang Member (uncredited)
Edward Wild ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (by) and
D.B. Wyndham-Lewis (by) (as D.B. Wyndham Lewis)

Edwin Greenwood (scenario) and
A.R. Rawlinson (scenario)

Emlyn Williams (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Ivor Montagu .... associate producer
Michael Balcon .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Arthur Benjamin 
 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Stewart  (as H.St.C.Stewart)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Production Management
Richard Beville .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pen Tennyson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Proud .... sets (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
F. McNally .... recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... miniatures assistant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Lloyd .... camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Sargent .... clapper-boy (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Charles Williams .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
75 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1995) | Finland:(Banned) (1935) | Germany:12 | Ireland:PG | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #620) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The siege at the end of the film showing the police in a gun battle is based on the real-life Sidney Street siege, which took place on 3 January 1911 in which London police and a unit of the army's Scots Guards shot it out with a gang of heavily armed anarchists who had previously been involved in the murders of three police officers. Two anarchists and a police officer were killed.See more »
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Continuity: Near the end,Peter Lorre is seen firing a German 7.62mm Mauser automatic pistol out the window and hitting a policeman holding a .303 Enfield rifle...seconds later,still at the window,he is shown holding a British Webley revolver.See more »
Quotes:
Abbott:You know, to a man with a heart as soft as mine, there's nothing sweeter than a touching scene.
Bob Lawrence:Such as?
Abbott:Such as a father saying goodbye to his child. Yeah, goodbye for the last time. What could be more touching than that?
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Soundtrack:
Storm Clouds CantataSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Vastly underrated, 27 September 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

One of Hitchcock's best films, and entirely undervalued. I love most of Hitch's films. His bigger productions of the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s are probably best loved, but I really like his grittier, more reality-based films as well. During that period, The Wrong Man is almost entirely overlooked, despite being one of his greatest achievements. This kind of film was most common during his British career, where he had less money to work with. I myself am least familiar with the first chunk of the man's career, but I have seen enough of them. My favorite so far is definitely Sabotage (1936), which is another criminally underrated film. The first version of The Man Who Knew Too Much is a close second favorite. A terrorist group (led by Peter Lorre) kills a secret agent in Switzerland. Bob and Jill Lawrence discover that the group is planning to assassinate a foreign diplomat in London in the upcoming days, so the group kidnaps their daughter to keep them quiet. They're unwilling to tell the police about the kidnapping, and eventually take it upon themselves to find her. They have to do it quickly, for, if the diplomat is killed because they withheld information from the police, a second World War could rest upon their shoulders. The story isn't particularly complex, but Hitchcock's cinema is as spectacular as it ever was, while aiming for a low key. There are a dozen memorable scenes in the film, most notably the concert with the slowly revolving camera as Jill Lawrence scans the room for the assassin. And I love the realistic standoff near the end of the film, as the police slowly move citizens to safety as the terrorists shoot from the dark. The acting is also very good, with Edna Best (as Jill Lawrence) and especially Peter Lorre (how can you not love this guy?) standing above the rest. 10/10.

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