Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Ann Richards ...
Dr. Philip Alexander
Harold Vermilyea ...
Waldo Evans
James 'J.B.' Cotterell
Fred Lord
Joe - Detective
Jimmy Hunt ...
Peter Lord
Dorothy Neumann ...
Elizabeth Jennings
Paul Fierro ...


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 <>

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Tangled Wires... Whispering of Murder! Tangled Lives... Fighting to Escape! See more »


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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Where Henry is having lunch with Sally, he asks his waiter if he knows who the gentleman is in the dark glasses at the table behind him. The man is director Anatole Litvak. See more »


Twice Barbara Stanwyck turns on a radio and they instantly begin to play music. Radios of the film's era would have required some time to warm up. See more »


[first lines]
Leona Stevenson: Operator! Operator! Operator!
Voice of Operator: Your call please?
Leona Stevenson: Operator, I've been ringing Murray Hill 35097 for the last half hour and the line is always busy. Will you ring it for me, please?
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Referenced in Rendez-View: Sorry, Wrong Number (2001) See more »


by Franz Waxman
Performed by the Paramount studio orchestra
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The ultimate nail-biter!
13 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a child I was riveted by the classic radio play starring Agnes Moorehead, and here playwright Lucille Fletcher gets her chance to expand the relentless tale of what happens to wealthy. spoiled Leona Stevenson one lonely night in the heart of New York City. Harold Vermilyea is Evans, the devoted employee destroyed by her wastrel husband's greed, and Ann Richards is Sally, Leona's loyal (though we wonder why) ex-classmate. These two are the only likeable characters in SWN. Still, as the minutes tick by toward the horrific conclusion, life in the unconcerned city goes on ... roaring subways, loud conversations, and traffic sounds, all accentuating the mounting apprehensions and, eventually, our realization of the immense evil that has found Leona Stevenson.

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