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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:
It starts off very slow but the payoff is there--just keep watching 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)
 
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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:
At the time this film was made,Leona's number PLaza 5-1098 was a telephone company test number that always gave a busy signal when called.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?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hackers (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
It starts off very slow but the payoff is there--just keep watching, 16 November 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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