Sorry, Wrong Number Reviews
I would have killed the annoying Leona Stevenson myself...well, maybe smacked her around a bit...Okay, Okay, I would use harsh language to hurt her feelings. Unfortunately, Stanwyck's performance annoyed the shit out of me (I guess she was that good) to the point that, it affected the my RT score. Great ending though.
I'm going to assume that just about anyone can see where the plot is going from a mile away, but even though it was clear to me immediately at the start of the film, I still enjoyed the remainder. Despite not technically being a film noir, it does borrow most of its characteristics and sets up a threatening atmosphere that endures until the end. The film runs in real time, as the clock in Stanwyck's bedroom clearly shows us. This entire time is filled up with her conversations on the telephone, though the greater part of those are presented in flash-backs as the person on the other end of the line talks. It's crude yet effective, and it manages to slip some very far-fetched plot points right past you before you really realize it.
A lot of this film's durable appeal can once again be credited wholesale to Barbara Stanwyck, who portrays a thoroughly unpleasant character (the word "bitch" gets tossed around so easily nowadays, but here it's appropriate, or perhaps not strong enough) and yet manages to make you feel sort of sorry for her predicament.