Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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When Lucille Fletcher took on the challenge of expanding her classic 30-minute radio suspenser Sorry, Wrong Number into an 89-minute feature film, she opted on the Citizen Kane approach, filling the plotline to the brim with revelatory flashbacks. Barbara Stanwyck stars as bedridden hypochondriac Leona Stevenson, who while trying to make a call from her bedroom telephone gets her wires crossed and inadvertently overhears two men plotting a murder. Anxiously, Leona wades through telephone-company
Sep 1, 1948 Wide
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Number derives sleek hysteria from its audaciously constraining narrative strategy.
To make a movie of Lucille Fletcher's classic radio play was really to betray its best idea: that sound, not sight, is the truly paranoid sense.
Stanwyck's metamorphosis from indolence to hysteria is brilliantly executed.
Perhaps if you have a special interest in foul folks and morbidities, you will thrill to this Hal Wallis picture. Frankly, we squirmed -- and not from dread.
Anatole Litvak's taut, gripping, highly stylized noir, based a 22 minute radio play with Agnes Moorehead, is one of the genre's very best, with a bed-ridden Stanwyck in a tour de force performance--a case study for lover of film noir.
dark and terrifying
Vintage suspense with terrific Stanwyck, Lancaster
Fletcher adapted her celebrated 22-minute, single-character radio play into an almost equally tense screenplay, still retaining many of the eerie sound effects.
A bit drawn-out, but a sensational vehicle for Stanwyck's talents
It is a carefully plotted film that leads to an extraordinary ironic climax.
A good script, but it should have been filmed with the woman who made it famous on the stage, Agnes Moorehead.
Effective suspense film.
A precursor to the far better Rear Window, but noir has seen better days.
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