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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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Heiress to millions...who bought everything she wanted...including this man! 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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Henry Stevenson is driving Waldo Evans home in his car on a rainy night. At the end of the car ride, Waldo tells him to stop at number 54. Towards the end of the film, when Waldo calls Mrs. Stevens to tip her off to her husband Henry's misdeeds, he says that he is now at his Manhattan address but will be leaving after midnight. His address number is visible over the glass window over his head, and the actual number is 26 read backwards. It could be the apartment number inside a building at 54, but the street name is never given. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)
(uncredited)
by Franz Schubert
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It starts off very slow but the payoff is there--just keep watching
16 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I first started watching this film, I wasn't hooked until well into the movie. Seeing the bed-ridden Stanwyck's monologue just didn't hook me--even when she accidentally overheard a plot to kill someone. A lot of this was because her character wasn't very likable--she was a very whiny little "princess" who frankly annoyed me! This is why I rate the movie lower than many on IMDb--I just didn't care much about her and early on I was hoping that SHE would be the one murdered. However, as the story unfolded in a series of flashback, the film became less claustrophobic and very entertaining. None of this really made me hate Stanwyck's character less, but it did help the audience to understand her more--as well as her husband (Burt Lancaster). While the story still was hampered by a long list of unlikable characters (actually, I never really liked any of them--except maybe Wendell Corey), it did excel by being super-creative and for ending on a very powerful note. The film was a lot like the first drop on a roller-coaster--very slow and uphill until a wonderful conclusion. I'd like to say more, but don't want to spoil the film.

The movie had generally good and very creative writing, good direction and excellent acting. It certainly WAS creative, but allowing Stanwyck to be more three-dimensional would have improved the film greatly.


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