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Writers:
Lucille Fletcher (radio play)
Lucille Fletcher (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 September 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
She overheard the plans for her own destruction! See more »
Plot:
While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Silly and Overheated, But Anchored by Stanwyck See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Leona Stevenson

Burt Lancaster ... Henry J. Stevenson

Ann Richards ... Sally Hunt Lord

Wendell Corey ... Dr. Philip Alexander
Harold Vermilyea ... Waldo Evans

Ed Begley ... James 'J.B.' Cotterell

Leif Erickson ... Fred Lord

William Conrad ... Morano

John Bromfield ... Joe - Detective

Jimmy Hunt ... Peter Lord

Dorothy Neumann ... Elizabeth Jennings
Paul Fierro ... Harpootlian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Cartledge ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Sergeant Duffy (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Cotterell's Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... Clam Digger (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... French Maid (uncredited)

Suzanne Dalbert ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Igor Dega ... Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Minister (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ... Morano's Henchman (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Bingo Hall Page (uncredited)

Holmes Herbert ... Wilkins (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Nurse (uncredited)

Kristine Miller ... Dolly: Doctor Alexander's Girlfriend (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Bingo Caller (uncredited)
Grace Poggi ... Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Waiter (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Maurice - Waiter (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez ... Boat Operator (uncredited)
George Stern ... Drug Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman at New Rochelle Train Station (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Woman in Subway (uncredited)

Tito Vuolo ... Albert, the Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucille Fletcher  radio play
Lucille Fletcher  screenplay

Produced by
Anatole Litvak .... producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (as Hal Wallis)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Bertram C. Granger  (as Bertram Granger)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred True .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1951) (original rating: banned) (1950) | Norway:16 (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #12493) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hackers (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jingle Jangle JingleSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Silly and Overheated, But Anchored by Stanwyck, 2 May 2006
Author: evanston_dad from United States

It's stylish, no doubt, and the ending is a remarkably shocking nail biter for its time, but "Sorry, Wrong Number" seems like an awfully overwrought affair now. Barbara Stanwyck acts up a storm as a bed-ridden woman who inadvertently hears plans for a murder over her phone and spends the rest of the film trying to get help. It's like a melodramatic, women's picture version of "When a Stranger Calls." The film is fleshed out with a lot of back story that feels more like padding than anything else, but I guess they had to fill out the run time with something, since the basic story could have been told in 15 minutes. Stanwyck handles the film like a pro. Even when she's overacting (which is often) she keeps you thoroughly interested in this rather silly affair. She would win her last Best Actress Academy Award nomination for this film, forcing the Academy to toss her a consolation honorary award over thirty years later, one more shameful oversight in the Academy's long and unmatched history of shameful oversights.

True noir lovers take note---this is not really a film noir, not in the strictest sense of that overused phrase. But it's an entertaining way to spend an hour and a half.

Grade: B-

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