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.
Sorry, Wrong Number is based on a radio play and, indeed, seems very theatrical. Normally I love Barbara Stanwyck, but in this film I hated her hysterical, hypochondriac housewife (say that 10 times fast!). And I felt that the whole "Punish the uppity broad" factor was laid on a little thick.
Stanwyck's character, Leona Stevenson, is a rich, bedridden woman who accidentally overhears a conversation between two men discussing a murder on the phone (woot for party lines). While investigating the call, she becomes convinced that the men were plotting HER murder--and that her husband is behind the whole thing!
Sorry, Wrong Number was decent, but not quite suspenseful enough to hold my interest. And Stanwyck's character was dreadfully annoying (which is exactly how she is supposed to be, so hats off to Stanwyck I guess)...I just couldn't muster up the energy to care about her fate.