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Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
I.A.R. Wylie (story)
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Release Date:
1 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Five great stars in a masterpiece of bold and intimate emotions !
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A twisting, thoughtful movie. See more (36 total) »


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Shelley Winters ... Binky Gay

Gary Merrill ... David Trask

Michael Rennie ... Dr. Robert Fortness

Keenan Wynn ... Eddie Hoke
Evelyn Varden ... Sally Carr

Warren Stevens ... Marty Nelson

Beatrice Straight ... Claire Fortness
Ted Donaldson ... Jerry Fortness

Craig Stevens ... Mike Carr
Helen Westcott ... Jane Trask

Bette Davis ... Marie Hoke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Dr. Tim Brooks (uncredited)
Genevieve Bell ... Mrs. Fletcher (uncredited)
Perdita Chandler ... Mrs. Brooks (uncredited)

Harry Cheshire ... Dr. Luther Fletcher (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Pier Watchman (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Watchman (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Doorman (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Arthur (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Doctor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Restaurant Hostess (uncredited)
Betty Francine ... (uncredited)
Lillian Hamilton ... Nurse (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Keith Hetherington ... Travel Agent (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Mr. Sawyer (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... Assistant District Attorney Thompson (uncredited)
Bill McLean ... Bellhop (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

George Nader ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Narz ... Flight Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Airport Official (uncredited)
Sydney Perkins ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Tom Powers ... Dr. Fernwood (uncredited)
Davis Roberts ... Henry (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Home Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Airport Intercom Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

I.A.R. Wylie (story)

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler  (as Hugh Fowler)
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Bruce MacDonald  (as Bruce Macdonald)
Costume Design by
Elois Jenssen 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Music Department
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
105 min | West Germany:95 min | 96 min (Fox Movie Channel edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Janaury 5, 1953 with Shelley Winters and Gary Merrill reprising their film roles.See more »
Anachronisms: The seaport or docking bay that Trask pays young Jerry a visit, to speak with the boy about his late father, is obviously a sound stage. Outside voices do not echo or sound slightly canned unless inside a cavern or a cave.See more »
Eddie Hoke:Hey, are you gonna sing someplace in L.A.?
Binky Gay:Why, you dirty old man!
Eddie Hoke:What do you mean, old?
Binky Gay:I got a good mind to write your wife.
Eddie Hoke:Go ahead. She can't read.
Binky Gay:Anybody marries you, I don't believe she can even see.
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A twisting, thoughtful movie., 29 December 1998
Author: Barry-44 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Phone Call From A Stranger will be worth the watch for any Shelley Winters or Bette Davis fans. I watched the old, 1952 black and white movie on a drizzling afternoon and surprisingly, the flick made me feel real good. Why, you ask? On back of the movie packet it tells you that "A plane crash puts an end to the sufferings of three ill-fated passengers ..." With that alone, one would assume that it's a totally 'down' movie. However, it is not. It's like that old saying that my grandmother used to make, "In everyone's life a little rain must fall". Well, I guess she was right if one is to enjoy the sunny days. Which, Phone Call From A Stranger turns out to be: a sunny day after much rain.

This movie will make you feel good about yourself. I promise. I think that's what so great about older movies; no special effects to disturb the real meaning of movies: the actors and actresses.

A must-see for classic movie fans.

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