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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.

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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

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Number derives sleek hysteria from its audaciously constraining narrative strategy.

January 2, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

January 2, 2008 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Stanwyck was too strong to play this simpering role.

October 10, 2008 | Full Review…

Both Lancaster and Stanwyck are excellent.

January 2, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

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