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While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
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Leona Stevenson
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Henry J. Stevenson
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Sally Hunt Lord
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Dr. Philip Alexander
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Waldo Evans
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James 'J.B.' Cotterell
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Fred Lord
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Morano
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Joe - Detective
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Peter Lord
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Elizabeth Jennings
Paul Fierro ...
Harpootlian
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Bill Cartledge ...
Page Boy (uncredited)
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Police Sergeant Duffy (uncredited)
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Cotterell's Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ...
Clam Digger (uncredited)
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French Maid (uncredited)
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Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Igor Dega ...
Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ...
Minister (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ...
Morano's Henchman (uncredited)
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Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ...
Bingo Hall Page (uncredited)
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Wilkins (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Dolly: Doctor Alexander's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Garry Owen ...
Bingo Caller (uncredited)
Grace Poggi ...
Dance Team Member (uncredited)
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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)
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Woman in Subway (uncredited)
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Albert, the Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Anatole Litvak

Written by

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Lucille Fletcher ... (radio play)
 
Lucille Fletcher ... (screenplay)

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Anatole Litvak ... producer
Hal B. Wallis ... producer (as Hal Wallis)

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Franz Waxman

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Sol Polito ... director of photography

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Warren Low ... editorial supervisor

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Hans Dreier
A. Earl Hedrick ... (as Earl Hedrick)

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Sam Comer
Bertram C. Granger ... (as Bertram Granger)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Richard Blaydon ... production manager (uncredited)

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Richard McWhorter ... assistant director

Art Department

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Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene Merritt ... sound recordist
Walter Oberst ... sound recordist

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

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Mal Bulloch ... still photographer (uncredited)
Al Green ... camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Roberts ... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred True ... grip (uncredited)

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Marvin Weldon ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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  • Ruser (Miss Stanwyck's jewels)

Storyline

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Plot Summary

Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for her husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented. Written by Col Needham

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Taglines She overheard the plans for her own destruction! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Raccrochez, c'est une erreur (France)
  • Du lebst noch 105 Minuten (Germany)
  • Voces de muerte (Spain)
  • Anteeksi, väärä numero (Finland)
  • Ston iskio tou dolofonou (Greece)
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  • 89 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The jewel-clasped cigarette case Leona offers to Henry was Barbara Stanwyck's own. It was a birthday gift from Joan Crawford, one of her dearest friends. See more »
Goofs Twice Barbara Stanwyck turns on a radio and they instantly begin to play music. Radios of the film's era would have required some time to warm up. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). See more »
Soundtracks June in January See more »
Quotes Henry Stevenson: [to Leona] I want you to do something. I want you to get yourself out of the bed, and get over to the window and scream as loud as you can. Otherwise you only have another three minutes to live.
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