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Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)

While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business.

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On a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles via Iowa, lawyer David Trask gets to know three of his fellow passengers as one technical issue after another leads to delays and unscheduled stops along the way. Those three are physician Dr. Robert Fortness, struggling actress with the stage name Binky Gay, and loud salesman Eddie Hoke, who is both quick with a joke and quick to show off a photograph of his beautiful wife, Marie Hoke. Below the surface, the three have deeper stories, which are bringing them back to Los Angeles and which Dr. Fortness and Binky divulge to David. Dr. Fortness, an alcoholic, is returning to own up to his drunken part in the death of a friend, and his wife Claire's complicity in the matter. Binky, after being away in New York for a year, is returning to her husband, Mike Carr, hoping to take him away from his overbearing mother, former vaudeville star Sally Carr, who still basks in her former but no longer shining glory, and who is the cause of any marital problem ... Written by Huggo

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Five great stars in a masterpiece of bold and intimate emotions !

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15 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Appel d'un inconnu  »

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Trivia

Producer-screenwriter Nunnally Johnson originally wanted to cast Lauren Bacall as Binky Gay, but she was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

As the plane flies through the air, the wire it is suspended from can be clearly seen. See more »

Quotes

Binky Gay: I can peg a married man from as far as I can see him, unfortunately.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Crack-Up (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
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Music by Gaston Lyle
Lyrics by George Leybourne
Sung by the passengers on the airplane
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Study in conscience
7 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is an interesting story with a great cast. The survivor of a plane crash meets the other people in the lives of those he met on the plane before the crash. This framework provides a fascinating study in conscience and human nature.


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