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The Wrong Man

Although O'Connor warns that he has little experience with criminal cases, he takes the case, and urges Manny to recall where he was on the dates of the alleged robberies. On the date of the first robbery five months ago, the Balestreros recall that they were on vacation at a resort in Cornwall, New York, and at the time in question, Manny was playing cards with three other vacationers. Rose and Manny try to track down the three men, whose names they get from the resort owners, but one, a boxer, is never found and the two other men have died. Manny remembers that at the time of the second robbery he was suffering from a toothache, and his dentist confirms that his jaw was so swollen that dental work had to be postponed. O'Connor believes this might provide an alibi in court, as none of the witnesses reported that the robber had a swollen jaw. Rose becomes increasingly depressed, and begins to blame herself for Manny's problems, illogically concluding that it was because of her that Manny went to the insurance office to ask for a loan. When her behavior deteriorates into paranoia, Manny takes her to a doctor, who admits her to a sanitarium in Ossining. As Manny's trial begins, the witnesses are called to the stand to identify Manny as the robber. The incompetent O'Connor does very little to try to discredit or argue with the testimony. During O'Connor's half-hearted cross-examination of one witness , one of the jurors, who has already made up his mind about the case, asks the judge if they 'have to sit and listen to this?' After a brief conference with O'Connor and the district attorney, the judge calls a mistrial after seeing the that majority of the jurors are bias against Manny and have concluded that he is the robber. O'Connor tells Manny that they will have to start over. Afterward, at home, Manny talks to his mother, who is taking care of the boys during Rose's absence, about his feeling of despair and she advises him to pray. Soon after, a man holds up a delicatessen. The owner signals to her husband, who approaches the robber from behind and holds him, while she phones the police. The robber is arrested and brought into the police station, where, in the hallway, he passes a detective working on Manny's case. Although the robber makes no initial impression on the detective, his resemblance to Manny soon strikes the latter, who follows up his hunch. Later, while performing at the Stork Club, Manny is summoned to the 110th precinct police station. When Manny arrives, the insurance clerks are there confirming that the robber is the same person who held them up. After identifying the correct man, they cannot meet Manny's eyes as they leave. The charges against Manny are dropped, but when he goes to Ossining to tell Rose, she is unresponsive. Manny leaves her there.
Actors: Henry Fonda,
Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda 16 May 1905, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA
Vera Miles,
Vera Miles
Vera Miles 23 August 1929, Boise City, Oklahoma, USA
Anthony Quayle,
Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle 7 September 1913, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire [now Aindale, Sefton, Merseyside], England, UK
Harold J. Stone,
Harold J. Stone
Harold J. Stone 3 March 1913, New York City, New York, USA
Charles Cooper,
Charles Cooper
Charles Cooper 11 August 1926, San Francisco, California, USA
John Heldabrand,
John Heldabrand
John Heldabrand
Esther Minciotti,
Esther Minciotti
Esther Minciotti 20 May 1888, Provincia di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Doreen Lang,
Doreen Lang
Doreen Lang 15 February 1915, Gisborne, New Zealand
Laurinda Barrett,
Laurinda Barrett
Laurinda Barrett 3 September 1931, New York City, New York, USA
Norma Connolly,
Norma Connolly
Norma Connolly 20 August 1927, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nehemiah Persoff,
Nehemiah Persoff
Nehemiah Persoff 2 August 1919, Jerusalem, Palestine [now Israel]
Genre: Drama
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Country: United States
Release: 1956
IMDb: 7.4
Duration: 105 min
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