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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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"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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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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Outstanding Cast 3 Great Stories for the Price of One
7 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

What a Great Film with an outstanding cast, Bette Davis and Husband G. Merrill shine in this drama. Merrill visits three families with a message from the dead. Each story has its own lesson and yet all are about love. The story about Davis and her husband in the film tells what love really means not what today's X-rated world thinks it is. This film should be shown more often. Come on AMC


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