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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)




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Adapted from a radio play, this thriller is about a rich invalid who overhears two men plotting a murder through a crossed telephone line. During the course of the conversation, she discovers that one of the voices belongs to her husband. Soon, she realizes that she is the planned victim.
Classics , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures

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Barbara Stanwyck
as Leona Stevenson
Burt Lancaster
as Henry Stevenson
Ann Richards
as Sally Hunt Lord
Wendell Corey
as Dr. Alexander
Ed Begley Sr.
as Cotterell
Jimmy Hunt
as Jimmy Lord
Dorothy Neumann
as Miss Jennings
Paul Fierro
as Harpootlian
Suzanne Dalbert
as Cigarette Girl
Joyce Compton
as Blonde
Tito Vuolo
as Albert
Ashley Cowan
as Clam Digger
Garry Owen
as Bingo Caller
Holmes Herbert
as Wilkins
Cliff Clark
as Sergeant Duffy
Igor Dega
as Dancer
Rev. Neal Dodd
as Minister
Grace Poggi
as Dancer
Yola d'Avril
as French Maid
Pepito Pérez
as Boat Operator
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Critic Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Number derives sleek hysteria from its audaciously constraining narrative strategy.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Stanwyck's metamorphosis from indolence to hysteria is brilliantly executed.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Stanwyck was too strong to play this simpering role.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Both Lancaster and Stanwyck are excellent.

Full Review… | January 2, 2008
TV Guide

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
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
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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