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Release Date:
15 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(3 articles)
User Reviews:
Vastly underrated See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leslie Banks ... Lawrence
Edna Best ... Jill

Peter Lorre ... Abbott
Frank Vosper ... Ramon
Hugh Wakefield ... Clive
Nova Pilbeam ... Betty Lawrence
Pierre Fresnay ... Louis
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 Bascomb ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tony De Lungo ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Brockett (uncredited)
Joan Harrison ... Secretary (uncredited)
James Knight ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mitchelson-Hill ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Oscar ... George Barber - Dentist (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Policeman with Rifle (uncredited)
H.G. Stoker ... Police Chief at Siege (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 (music)
 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Stewart  (as H.St.C.Stewart)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge (art direction)
 
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 (as F.McNally)
 
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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75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic Film Full Range Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | 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 crucial cantata for the Albert Hall sequence was composed specifically for the film by Arthur Benjamin, and the same piece was used again in the 1956 remake. When Alfred Hitchcock remade the movie, he offered composer Bernard Herrmann the opportunity to compose a new work for the scene, but Herrmann chose not to, citing an appreciation of Benjamin's original cantata.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Lawrence is waiting for the woman to bring in Betty, his hand with the cigarette switches positions in between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Abbott:Tell her they may soon be leaving us. Leaving us for a long, long journey. How is it that Shakespeare says? "From which no traveler returns." Great poet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Storm Clouds CantataSee more »

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20 out of 25 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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