America: What's Wrong with this Face?

"Don't say I didn't warn ya. You're gonna feel like an awful sap!"

—John J. 'Brick' Tennant (Henry Fonda), Let Us Live (1937)


Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once (1937):




John Brahm's Let Us Live (1939):


Alfred Hitchock's The Wrong Man (1956):





Special thanks to Gina Telaroli. Thanks to Daniel Riccuito.


9 responses to this post.  Join the discussion

  • rado

    The Wrong Man is so great.

  • Asokan Nirmalarajah

    Is it just me or does young Henry Fonda look a bit like Ignatiy Vishnevetsky? This just struck me seeing those first images… And yes, The Wrong Man is really, really great!

  • HawkPunk

    Henry Fonda was an extraordinary, handsome, and determined young actor. He agreed to do a “studio film” only if they would make The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), a powerful and timeless Classic.

  • Tiago Pinto

    The Grapes of Wrath is one of the best movies ever, no question about that !

  • fede

    I agree, Fonda’s face is really interesting and The Grapes of Wrath was a great movie. His children are handsome too.

  • OO

    Again paranoia

  • Stu Witmer

    A small but polished room. Walls lined with shelves from floor to ceiling, all stacked with newspapers, books, and storage containers, all meticulously marked.
    Two chairs face the expansive desk, one wall lined with windows looking out over the newsroom. Henry Fonda enters room. Camera moves in on face.

    HANK: What the…?!?! [Double-take]

    Fade to black.

  • Checkpoint Charlie

    I might be of a minority to say Willem Dafoe has similar facial features at times. Especially considering the sixth photo from “You Only Live Once.”

  • Checkpoint Charlie

    I’d also be one to say yet again that “You Only Live Once” is one of Lang’s better English language features.

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