The Wrong Man ()

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In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.


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Manny Balestrero
Rose Balestrero
Frank D. O'Connor
Det. Lt. Bowers
Det. Matthews
John Heldabrand ...
Esther Minciotti ...
Mama Balestrero
Doreen Lang ...
Ann James
Laurinda Barrett ...
Constance Willis
Norma Connolly ...
Betty Todd
Gene Conforti
Lola D'Annunzio ...
Olga Conforti
Kippy Campbell ...
Robert Balestrero
Robert Essen ...
Gregory Balestrero
Richard Robbins ...
Daniel - the Guilty Man
Dayton Lummis ...
Judge Groat
Miss Dennerly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jail Medical Attendant (uncredited)
Sammy Armaro ...
Suspect (uncredited)
Michael Ann Barrett ...
Mrs. Daily (uncredited)
John C. Becher ...
Liquor Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Prisoner at Arraignment Hearing (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Harry Bergman ...
Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Sherman Billingsley ...
Himself (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
Curious Customer (uncredited)
Small Role (uncredited)
Interrogation Officer (uncredited)
Ed Bryce ...
Court Officer (uncredited)
John Caler ...
Soldier (uncredited)
Leonard Capone ...
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Young Man (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ...
Police Attendant (uncredited)
William Crane ...
Juror (uncredited)
Spencer Davis ...
Prisoner's Lawyer (uncredited)
M'el Dowd ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Josef Draper ...
Juror (uncredited)
Richard Durham ...
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
Olga Fabian ...
Mrs. Mank (uncredited)
Young Girl (uncredited)
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
Earl George ...
Delicatessen Proprietor (uncredited)
Will Gregory ...
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
Charles J. Guiotta ...
Court Officer (uncredited)
Irene Harbor ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Cherry Hardy ...
Waving Woman (uncredited)
Raymond McKaba (uncredited)
Rhodelle Heller ...
Stork Club Customer (uncredited)
Prologue Narrator (uncredited)
Police Lieutenant from 110th Precinct (uncredited)
Anna Karen ...
Miss Duffield (uncredited)
Barbara Karen ...
Giggly Girl (uncredited)
Mike Keene ...
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Dr. Bannay (uncredited)
Walter Kohler ...
Manny's Felony Court Attorney (uncredited)
William LeMassena ...
Sang (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ...
District Attorney John Hall (uncredited)
Juror (uncredited)
Donald May ...
Arresting Patrolman (uncredited)
Marc May ...
Tomasini's Assistant (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Police Turnkey (uncredited)
Silvio Minciotti ...
Mr. Balestrero (uncredited)
Dallas Mitchell ...
Customer at Bickford's (uncredited)
Young Girl (uncredited)
Thomas J. Murphy ...
Court Officer (uncredited)
Daniel Ocko ...
Felony Court Judge (uncredited)
Natalie Priest ...
Delicatessen Proprietor's Wife (uncredited)
Fred Purcelli ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Allan Ray ...
Suspect (uncredited)
Mrs. O'Connor (uncredited) (voice)
Maria Reid ...
Spanish Woman (uncredited)
Rossana San Marco ...
Mrs. Ferraro (uncredited)
Penny Santon ...
Spanish Woman (uncredited)
Frank Schofield ...
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
Elizabeth Scott ...
Waving Woman (uncredited)
Helen Shields ...
Receptionist (uncredited)
Otto Simánek ...
Mr. Mank (uncredited)
Oliver Stacey ...
Stork Club Customer (uncredited)
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
John Stephen ...
Stork Club Customer (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Ruth Swanson ...
Small Role (uncredited)
Dino Tarronova ...
Mr. Ferraro (uncredited)
Mr. Ferraro (uncredited)
Mr. Wendon (uncredited)
John Truax ...
Suspect (uncredited)
Don Turner ...
Detective (uncredited)
Det. Holman (uncredited)
Giggly Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Wells ...
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Maxwell Anderson ... (screen play) and
Angus MacPhail ... (screen play)
Maxwell Anderson ... (story)

Produced by

Herbert Coleman ... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George Tomasini ... film editor

Editorial Department

Sam O'Steen ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Paul Sylbert

Set Decoration by

William L. Kuehl

Makeup Department

Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Daniel McCauley ... assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)

Art Department

Fred Ballmeyer ... props (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Earl Crain Sr. ... sound
Monty Pearce ... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur H. Pullen ... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Reuting ... sound editor (uncredited)


Lucky Kargo ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Alan Stetson ... key grip
Frank J. Calabria ... additional photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Victor Aller ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
David Klatzkin ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)

Other crew

George Groves ... technical advisor (as George Groves Sergeant New York City Police Department Ret.)
Frank D. O'Connor ... technical advisor (as Frank D. O'Connor District Attorney Queens County New York)


Sherman Billingsley ... grateful acknowledgment (as Mr. Sherman Billingsley)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies

  • Warner Bros. (presents) (Warner Bros. Pictures) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)



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Plot Summary

Christopher Emmanuel Balestrero, "Manny" to his friends, is a string bassist, a devoted husband and father, and a practicing Catholic. His eighty-five dollar a week gig playing in the jazz combo at the Stork Club is barely enough to make ends meet. The Balestreros' lives will become a little more difficult with the major dental bills his wife Rose will be incurring. As such, Manny decides to see if he can borrow off of Rose's life insurance policy. But when he enters the insurance office, he is identified by some of the clerks as the man that held up the office twice a few months earlier. Manny cooperates with the police, as he has nothing to hide. Manny learns that he is a suspect in not only those hold-ups, but a series of other hold-ups in the same Jackson Heights neighborhood in New York City where they live. The more that Manny cooperates, the more guilty he appears to the police. With the help of Frank O'Connor, the attorney that they hire, they try to prove Manny's innocence. Regardless of if they manage to prove Manny's innocence or find the actual hold-up man, the situation may cause irreparable damage on the Balestreros. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines "I found a real-life story more terrifying than any fiction... this is it!" Alfred Hitchcock See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le faux coupable (France)
  • Der falsche Mann (Germany)
  • Falso culpable (Spain)
  • Fals culpable (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Der falsche Mann (Austria)
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  • 105 min
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio for widescreen theatres)
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Box Office

Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The scene where Manny (Henry Fonda) is taken to prison was filmed in a real prison. As he is led to his cell , you can hear one of the inmates yell out "What'd they get ya for, Henry??", and a bunch of other prisoners laughing. See more »
Goofs When Manny enters prison, a prisoner shouts "What'd they get you for, Henry?", using the actor's name, Henry Fonda. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Le contrôle de l'univers (1999). See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Prologue narrator: This is Alfred Hitchcock speaking. In the past, I have given you many kinds of suspense pictures. But this time, I would like you to see a different one. The difference lies in the fact that this is a true story, every word of it. And yet it contains elements that are stranger than all the fiction that has gone into many of the thrillers that I've made before.
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