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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  1 September 1948 (USA)
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Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

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Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for her husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Helpless ... alone ... she heard her own murder being planned on the telephone! See more »


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Reportedly, Anatole Litvak and Burt Lancaster butted heads over how to play the role of Henry. Things got so heated between the two that Lancaster threatened to walk off the picture altogether. They managed to iron out their differences enough to complete the film, but the two never worked together again. See more »

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Suspense film of Hitchcock calibre
4 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck as a bedridden,neurotic woman who due to crossed telephone lines accidentally overhears a murder plot. As this tense thriller moves along she comes to know that it is her the murders are after.Panic arises......

This is a one-actor piece and Stanwyck carries the assignment brilliantly.As the selfish,neurotic Leona Stevenson she lets us see all of the characters frailties and her mounting fright as she becomes aware that she's to be a murder victim.Burt Lancaster has limited screentime as the husband,but he makes the most of it. A suspense film almost of the Hitchcock calibre.


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