Sorry, Wrong Number

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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

  • May 10, 2019
    Barbara Stanwyck definitely overacts in this film, even by 1948 standards.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2016
    A great example of film noir, 'Sorry, Wrong Caller' has a taut script, with a bed-ridden woman getting connected into a phone call between thugs planning a murder that evening, and proceeding to tell her story in flashbacks as the fateful hour looms. Barbara Stanwyck plays her character very well, ranging from dominating rich girl to frightened invalid, and a young Burt Lancaster is her handsome husband who wants to be more than a kept man. Director Anatole Litvak includes some nice shots, including a creepy pan back from Stanwyck's bedroom, out her window, and down to the shadow of an approaching man, and he's also faithful to the original radio play, which I first read in McSweeney's 'Hitchcock and Bradbury Fistfight in Heaven'. Definitely worth checking out.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2014
    A story of paranoia and suspense, it likely gets more positive airplay than it should. It isn't bad and Stanwyck's performance is good but it likely plays better in its original radio format.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Probably the first great telephone themed thriller ever. I highly recommend this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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