Sorry, Wrong Number

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Average Rating: 3.7/5

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Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for he husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented.

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Cast

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
Tito Vuolo
as Albert
Garry Owen
as Bingo Caller
Ashley Cowan
as Clam Digger
Cliff Clark
as Sergeant Duffy
Igor Dega
as Dancer
Yola d'Avril
as French Maid
Pepito Pérez
as Boat Operator
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Critic Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

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Audience Reviews for Sorry, Wrong Number

½

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

Entertaining Noir, Stanwick is marvelous of course. I've seen a couple of her movies now, in them she plays strong and dominant women, and she plays them convincingly. In Sorry, Wrong Number she's a rich woman, who's condition doesn't allow her to leave her bed. She overhears a disturbing conversation on the phone, and as the story unravels, and she's trying to get hold of the situation, she becomes more desperate, and that seemingly strong woman is falling apart. I love it how her hair becomes more disheveled as the story envelops.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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