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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

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



(radio play), (screenplay)

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Philip Alexander
Harold Vermilyea ...
Waldo Evans
James 'J.B.' Cotterell
Fred Lord
Joe - Detective
Peter Lord
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 <col@imdb.com>

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


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1 September 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Leif Erickson and Jimmy Hunt would play father and son again, five years later, in Invaders from Mars (1953). See more »


After Leona calls the police, she reaches to her bed table for medicine and water. The table extending over her bed immediately at her right hand, and the phone is on the bed at her left. In the next shot, the phone has moved, and the bed table is far away from her, under the window to her left. 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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One of the finest film noirs
29 December 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

An expanded radio play and subsequent TV drama, this film builds terrific tension around a bedridden heiress and her telephone.

Sympathy builds for this unlikeable woman, Leona, played by Barbara Stanwyck. She is a spoiled heiress used to getting her own way, but as we come to see, very much created by her father (played by Ed Begley) who bows to all her wishes.

Her husband, Henry, played by Burt Lancaster, whom she chases and captures from her best friend, initially goes along with being an employee in her father's corporation but eventually starts chafing at the restraints imposed on him.

The movie just about plays in real time with the addition of many flashbacks, one of which secures the knowledge that there is nothing wrong with Leona, it is all psychosomatic based on her mother's fatal illness.

From the moment Leona accidentally overhears a plotted murder for later on that evening, the viewer is taken on a ride that builds suspense and tension to a terrifying conclusion and the movie's title.

Not to be missed. The cinematography is superb, a lot of play in light and shade. Barbara deserved an Oscar but lost. 8 out of 10.

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