Released Date: January 26, 1957
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, Charles Cooper, John Heldabrand, Esther Minciotti, Doreen Lang, Laurinda Barrett, Norma Connolly, Nehemiah Persoff, Lola D'Annunzio, Kippy Campbell, Robert Essen, Peggy Webber, Richard Robbins, and Dayton Lummis
What is one piece of information that every Hitchcock fan knows? A general knowledge type of trivia? That he was afraid of, above all else, police men. And jail. This movie is the very thing Hitch was afraid of. And any human being would be scared of. Mistaken identity that would cause you being able to live your life normally. This movie is based on a true story. And because it is based on a true story, you will not see a cameo done by Mr. Hitchcock like he usually does in every other picture. But in the very beginning he sort of does a narration of the film. If you buy this film, watch the behind the scenes! Well I would recommend that for any Hitchcock movie because they reveal some awesome information. But in this, they talk about how Hitchcock stayed in his limo during a scene set outside because of how cold it was that day.
Manny Balestrero (Henry Fonda) is a husband, father, son and musician. Based on a true story set in New York, Balestrero gets up every morning, plays with his two sons, spends time with his wife, goes to work and comes home to go to bed and do it all over again. He is in love with his wife, Rose (Vera Miles), and is, in all honesty, a trusting man. His wife is having trouble with her wisdom teeth and they need to be removed. They might be in luck since she has money they could take out in life insurance. All they would need to do is pay it all back. Rose asks her husband to take the life insurance policy into the insurance office and that is where he is mistaken as a robber that has robbed this office in the past. After Manny is done with work that day, he is picked up by three police officers outside of his home. They question him and everything is pointing to Manny being the robber. He is thrown into jail and gets out because his family comes up with the bail money. But now it is up to Manny to find the right lawyer to help him with his upcoming case in court. Will he be found guilty? Will they find the Right Man? All is revealed in this 1 hour and 45 minute movie.
And must I say it one more time? Alfred Hitchcock is at it again. Making movie magic and showing the world that any Hitch film is a great one. I am, like I have said many times before, am a huge Hitchcock fan. He is brilliant and wonderful. You truly cannot go wrong with a Hitch film.