- Sorry, Wrong Number
name = Sorry, Wrong Number
imdb_id = 0040823
Anatole Litvak Hal B. Wallis
Lucille Fletcherplay and screenplay
Barbara Stanwyck Burt Lancaster
editing = Warren Low
September 1, 1948(U.S. release)
runtime = 89 min.
language = English
"Sorry, Wrong Number" is a
1948 suspense filmwhich tells the story of a woman who overhears a plot for murder. It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley, Leif Ericksonand William Conrad. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040823/ Internet Movie Database] ] The film was adapted by Lucille Fletcherfrom her radio play.
Stanwyck plays Leona Stevenson, a spoiled, bedridden daughter of a millionaire. The telephone is her sole connection with the outside world. One day, while listening to what seems to be a crossed phone connection, she eavesdrops on two men planning a woman's murder. Leona calls the phone company and police, only to be ignored. Adding to Leona's dilemma is the fact that her husband Henry (Lancaster) is missing.
After a number of phone calls, the terrorized Leona begins to piece together the mystery. Her uneducated husband, who works for her wealthy father, turns out to be not all he seems. She finally realizes that "she" is the intended victim.
The movie is shot in real time, with many flashbacks to flesh out the story.
Stanwyck's bedroom window overlooks the night skyline of
Manhattan. The film is shot very dark, with looming shadows and circling camera shots used to maintain a high level of suspense. [ [http://www.noiroftheweek.com/2008/06/sorry-wrong-number-1948.html Film Noir of the Week article] ]
Fletcher's play originally aired on the "Suspense" radio program on May 25, 1943, essentially a one-woman show with
Agnes Mooreheadas Mrs. Stevenson. The play was reprised seven times, each starring Moorehead. The final broadcast was on February 14, 1960. However, there was another radio version: on January 9, 1950, " Lux Radio Theater" broadcast an adaptation of the film, with Stanwyck recreating her big screen role. [ [http://jayspace2006.blogspot.com/2006/12/sorry-wrong-number-radio-drama.html Jay Space article on the radio program] ]
Barbara Stanwyck was nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Actress. [ [http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=B67643 All Movie Guide biography on Barbara Stanwyck] ]
"Sorry, Wrong Number" was made into a
televisionplay on a local New Yorkstation on January 30, 1946starring Mildred Natwickand G. Swayne Gordon. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0311839/ IMDB article on the 1946 TV broadcast] ] A second live teleplay was broadcast on November 4, 1954, as the fourth episode of the CBSanthology series, " Climax!", starring Lillian Bronson, adapted by Fletcher herself, with music provided by her then-husband, Bernard Herrmann. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0542608/ IMDB article on the 1954 TV broadcast] ] It was remade into another television version in 1989, starring Loni Anderson, Patrick Macneeand Hal Holbrook. It was directed by Tony Wharmbyand adapted by Ann Louise Bardach. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098363/ IMDB article on the 1989 TV broadcast] ]
* [http://www.noiroftheweek.com/2008/06/sorry-wrong-number-1948.html Film Noir of the Week]
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