Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

Sorry, Wrong Number


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lucille Fletcher
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002


as Leona Stevenson

as Henry Stevenson

as Sally Hunt Lord

as Dr. Alexander

as James Cotterell

as Jimmy Lord

as Miss Jennings

as Harpootlian

as Cigarette Girl

as Blonde

as Albert

as Clam Digger

as Bingo Caller

as Sergeant Duffy

as Wilkins

as Dancer

as French Maid

as Boat Operator
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Critic Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Number derives sleek hysteria from its audaciously constraining narrative strategy.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Stanwyck's metamorphosis from indolence to hysteria is brilliantly executed.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2008
Top Critic

Stanwyck was too strong to play this simpering role.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number


I spent the first 86 minutes hoping Barbara Stanwyck would get what's coming to her and the last 3 minutes praying she'd escape. What a sensational screenplay (à la Lucille Fletcher)!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Probably the first great telephone themed thriller ever. I highly recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A bedridden invalid tying to reach her husband by telephone overhears part of a murder plot when her wire is accidentally crossed. This terrific little thriller is basically a woman-in-peril melodrama shot in the style of a film noir. It isn't difficult to pick holes in the story - indeed, the whole plot hinges on the most enormous of coincidences: that of all the telephone conversations in New York, Stanwyck should overhear this particular one - but it really is a beautifully made picture. Sol Polito's magnificent photography deserves a special mention, and some of the elaborate camera movements and seamless effects shots are still impressive today. Lancaster is great and Stanwyck's transition from haughty hypochondria to gibbering hysteria over the course of the movie is a tour de force. The bleak ending still packs a wallop but my favourite scene is the first Staten Island flashback, which besides being very mysterious has an extraordinary dreamlike texture.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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