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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 to murder her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gimmicky noir still shocks despite its shortcomings See more (79 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)
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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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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:
Laraine Day was offered the role of Leona Stevenson but had to decline the part because of scheduling conflicts with her work in My Dear Secretary (1948) for United Artists.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:
Version of Sorry, Wrong Number (1958) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
PassacagliaSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Why is Leona confined to her bed?
Is 'Sorry, Wrong Number' based on a book?
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27 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Gimmicky noir still shocks despite its shortcomings, 10 June 2002
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Chrome-plated hokum, Sorry, Wrong Number works despite itself. And works and works. Starting out as a radio drama by Lucille Fletcher in the 1940s, it boasted umpteen performances plus a 1946 production in the nascent medium of television before Anatole Litvak turned it into film noir. During most of its earlier incarnations, Agnes Moorehead created the role of the hysterical, bedridden heiress, the `cough drop queen,' but the film fell into the lap of the First Lady of Film Noir, Barbara Stanwyck. Moorehead was more than a strong enough actress, but Hollywood required a star.

The Irony is that Sorry, Wrong Number is far from her finest hour on screen. Rarely has one been made so aware of Stanwyck `acting' in the most unabashedly actressy way. And the same can be said of Burt Lancaster who, when a role didn't set well with him, communicated his discomfort blatantly. In The Rose Tattoo, against Anna Magnani, he was ingratiating and unconvincing ; here, he's almost as awkward as the henpecked husband in whom the worm has at long last turned.

But maybe Fletcher's slice of devil's food cake calls for mannered histrionics. Ensconced in her bedchamber one sweltering Manhattan evening, her pill bottles and her telephone at her elbow, Stanwyck eavesdrops on a sinister conversation – a murder is being plotted – thanks to a crossed line. This makes her even more restive, and she starts working the phone, tracking down her tardy husband. Litvak `ventilates' these calls, turning them into a series of flashbacks filling in the background to what will prove a very bad evening for Stanwyck. (The sequences on Staten Island, however, could have sprung from the pen of Franklin W. Dixon, the Hardy Boys' puppeteer.)

Unavoidably talky, owing to its source, Sorry, Wrong Number moves inexorably to its preordained end. Basically, it's a gimmick, and one that Hitchcock might have fine-tuned into a nifty infernal machine. Litvak doesn't do badly, though, and the movie's shock value outlasts its staled conventions. Its most chilling moment comes when Stanwyck frantically dials a number that she thinks will give her solace. But her answer is `BOwery 2-1000 – the City Morgue.'

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