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Director:
Writers:
Lucille Fletcher (radio play)
Lucille Fletcher (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 September 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She overheard the plans for her own destruction! See more »
Plot:
Whilst on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a plot for murder and attempts to prevent it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Great Film Noir with Splendid Screenplay, Direction and Performances See more (81 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1951) (original rating: banned) (1950) | Norway:16 (1949) | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #12493) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: Whenever camera pans out Leona's window to cityscape with moving cars, city lights, etc., smoke emitting from smokestacks never moves.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:
Referenced in "Numb3rs: Sniper Zero (#1.9)" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Sorry, Wrong Number' based on a book?
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Why is Leona confined to her bed?
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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Great Film Noir with Splendid Screenplay, Direction and Performances, 31 July 2003
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In New York, the spoiled Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanswick) is the invalid wife of the VP of a pharmaceutical industry Henry J. Stevenson (Burt Lancaster)and becomes aware of a murder that would be committed late night of that day through a "cross-wire", when she overhears two men planning the murder.

Leona tries to find the right number to tell the police and she discovers that her former friend and ex-girlfriend of Henry, Sally Hunt Lord (Ann Richards), had lunch with him. She recalls the first encounter with her husband and parts of her life with him through flashbacks. Along the night, she learns dirty secrets about Henry and she finds that she might be the intended victim.

"Sorry, Wrong Number" is a great film-noir with a suspenseful story and top-notch performances. The screenplay and the direction are excellent and keep the attention of the viewer until the end of the last scene. This movie deserves to be watched more than once and is highly indicated for fans of film noir. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Vida Por Um Fio - O Clássico" ("The Life for One Line - The Classic")

Note: On 29 September 2013, I saw this movie again.

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