Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
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as Leona Stevenson
as Henry Stevenson
as Sally Hunt Lord
as Dr. Alexander
as Jimmy Lord
as Miss Jennings
as Cigarette Girl
as Clam Digger
as Bingo Caller
as Sergeant Duffy
as French Maid
as Boat Operator
Critic Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number
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.
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)!
Probably the first great telephone themed thriller ever. I highly recommend this movie.
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.
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