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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

Broadway actress Beatrice Straight made her screen debut in this film. 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: Yeah, well, let's not clown about this one till we get there.
Eddie Hoke: Oh we'll get there. Pilot's a personal friend of mine. This guy hates his wife so much, he's not gonna take that airplane two feet off the ground if he thinks there's any chance of her collecting his insurance.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: Crack-Up (1956) See more »

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The Old Grey Mare
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Sung by the band at the nightclub
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My thumb is way up
19 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film. Not in the same sense that Bridge on the River Kwai, or 2001. This film delivers a great message in a very palatable form with only the last minute or two being a little over the top. Betty Davis had only a small part in this film, but what a part her character was the most flawed and learned the most, the hard way.


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