Sorry, Wrong Number

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Due to a telephone glitch, Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), a controlling heiress confined to a wheelchair, overhears a conversation about a plan to kill a woman. Unable to leave her home or reach her husband (Burt Lancaster), and written off by the police, Leona struggles to uncover the truth through a series of phone calls that only lead her deeper into a mystery, which may involve her college rival, Sally (Ann Richards), and a scheme to sell pharmaceuticals on the black market.

Cast & Crew

Barbara Stanwyck
Leona Stevenson
Burt Lancaster
Henry J. Stevenson
Ann Richards
Sally Lord
Wendell Corey
Doctor Alexander
Ed Begley
James B. Cotterell
Leif Erickson
Fred Lord
Franz Waxman
Original Music
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Warren Low
Film Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Direction
A. Earl Hedrick
Art Direction
Sam Comer
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Critic Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

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Audience Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

  • May 10, 2019
    Barbara Stanwyck definitely overacts in this film, even by 1948 standards.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2016
    A great example of film noir, 'Sorry, Wrong Caller' has a taut script, with a bed-ridden woman getting connected into a phone call between thugs planning a murder that evening, and proceeding to tell her story in flashbacks as the fateful hour looms. Barbara Stanwyck plays her character very well, ranging from dominating rich girl to frightened invalid, and a young Burt Lancaster is her handsome husband who wants to be more than a kept man. Director Anatole Litvak includes some nice shots, including a creepy pan back from Stanwyck's bedroom, out her window, and down to the shadow of an approaching man, and he's also faithful to the original radio play, which I first read in McSweeney's 'Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven'. Definitely worth checking out.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    A story of paranoia and suspense, it likely gets more positive airplay than it should. It isn't bad and Stanwyck's performance is good but it likely plays better in its original radio format.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Probably the first great telephone themed thriller ever. I highly recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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