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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 24 September 1948 (USA)
While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

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James 'J.B.' Cotterell
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Fred Lord
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Elizabeth Jennings
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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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Tangled Wires... Whispering of Murder! Tangled Lives... Fighting to Escape! See more »


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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Stanwyck claimed that the terror she played in the bedroom scenes is actually what made her hair begin to prematurely gray. See more »

Goofs

When Fred Lord tears out the newspaper clipping about Henry, he rips with gusto, yet the tear manages to go straight and makes right angles, resulting in a perfect extraction of the news item. The paper must have been perforated. See more »

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[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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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

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June in January
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by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
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Barbara Stanwyck's Calling
23 November 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck (as Leona Stevenson) is a neurotic woman, confined to her bed. She is married to the very attractive, and mysterious, young Burt Lancaster (as Henry Stevenson). Ms. Stanwyck relies on a state-of-the-art 1940s corded telephone to help communicate her needs. One evening, she picks up her phone and overhears two men plotting a murder; eventually, the crime moves too close to Stanwyck for comfort…

Stanwyck is excellent as the spoiled, arrogant, and wealthy, but, ultimately, helpless heroine of Lucille Fletcher's adapted radio play (the part was originated on radio by Agnes Moorehead). The story picks up some flaws in its extension into a feature film; it is most frustrating as (flashbacks) ((within flashbacks)) (((within flashbacks))) occur; and, the story becomes a little confusing. Still, Stanwyck's fine performance carries the film to an exciting, tense, conclusion.

******** Sorry, Wrong Number (9/1/48) Anatole Litvak ~ Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey


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