Sorry, Wrong Number (Paramount 1948, Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster)

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89 min - Drama, Thriller - 1 September 1948
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Director Anatole Litvak and writer Lucille Fletcher turn her 22-minute radio play (one of the most famous radio dramas, it featured a wonderful performance by Agnes Moorehead) into a gripping, feature-length murder mystery.

Wealthy Barbara Stanwyck stays tethered to her bedroom by neuroses and fear, making contact with the world only through her telephone. While on the phone trying to locate husbandBurt Lancaster, she overhears a woman's murder being plotted and comes to believe she's the target. Lancaster, who has indeed started a plot in motion, listens helplessly as his scheme bears evil fruit.

Stanwyck gives a remarkable performance, balancing the helplessness of the victim with a spiky unpleasantness.

Fletcher's original radio broadcast was repeated seven times between 1943 and 1948 and was eventually translated into fifteen languages and turned into a stage play as well as the movie.

Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck.

Director:  Anatole Litvak
Writers:  Lucille Fletcher
Producer:  Anatole Litvak, Hal B. Wallis
Composer:  Franz Waxman
Director of Photography:  Sol Polito


Production Details

Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions

Release Date:  1 September 1948

Running Time:  1 h 29 min

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Language:  English

Tagline: Tangled Wires... Whispering of Murder! Tangled Lives... Fighting to Escape!

Budget and Box Office takings where known