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Sorry, Wrong Number -- Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for he 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.

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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 »
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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 murder plot and attempts to prevent it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Suspense film of Hitchcock calibre 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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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 | 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:
Continuity: Shortly before the end of the movie the bedside telephone is shown in closeups and the paint is chipped in several places. However, at the end of the film, the telephone is pristine.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?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Black Christmas (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)See more »

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Suspense film of Hitchcock calibre, 4 May 1999
Author: anonymous

Barbara Stanwyck as a bedridden,neurotic woman who due to crossed telephone lines accidentally overhears a murder plot. As this tense thriller moves along she comes to know that it is her the murders are after.Panic arises......

This is a one-actor piece and Stanwyck carries the assignment brilliantly.As the selfish,neurotic Leona Stevenson she lets us see all of the characters frailties and her mounting fright as she becomes aware that she's to be a murder victim.Burt Lancaster has limited screentime as the husband,but he makes the most of it. A suspense film almost of the Hitchcock calibre.

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