For the next event in its “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series, Cinema Capitol will present the 1957 thriller THE WRONG MAN from Friday, July 5-Thursday, July 11.
The “Hitchcock: Buried but Alive” series presents some of the lesser-known works of the eminent director Alfred Hitchcock. The series includes movies which are rarely screened in theaters.
THE WRONG MAN was drawn from the true story of an innocent man charged with a crime, as depicted in the book THE TRUE STORY OF CHRISTOPHER EMMANUEL BALESTRERO by Maxwell Anderson. In the movie, musician Manny (Henry Fonda) needs money to pay for his wife’s (Vera Miles) dental procedure. When he tries to borrow from their insurance policy, someone at the office mistakes him for a man who had robbed them twice at gunpoint. Manny and his defense attorney (Anthony Quayle), must demonstrate that he has an alibi for the crimes. The stress of the case, however, threatens to destroy Manny’s family before his name can be cleared.
The movie also stars Harold J. Stone and Charles Cooper, and includes an uncredited appearance by Harry Dean Stanton. The film score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.
The NEW YORK TIMES writes that the movie is “frightingly authentic.”
THE WRONG MAN runs 105 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students and military, and $6 for Capitol Friends.