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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

aka Sorry, Wrong Number

"Tangled Wires... Whispering of Murder! Tangled Lives... Fighting to Escape!"

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Details: 89 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Leona Stevenson
Small Henry Stevenson
Small Sally Hunt Lord
Small Dr. Alexander
No_movie_poster Waldo Evans
Small James Cotterell
Small Fred Lord
Small Morano
Small Joe - Detective
Small Peter Lord
No_movie_poster Miss Elizabeth Jennings
No_movie_poster Harpootlian

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Small Anatole Litvak Director
No_movie_poster Lucille Fletcher Radio Play
Small Anatole Litvak Production
No_movie_poster Hal B. Wallis Production
No_movie_poster Lucille Fletcher Writer
No_movie_poster Warren Low Editing

Taglines:

"Tangled Wires... Whispering of Murder! Tangled Lives... Fighting to Escape!"

"The most famous radio drama of all time now electrifies the screen!"

Plot:

Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck) is the spoiled, bedridden daughter of wealthy businessman James Cotterell (Ed Begley). One day, while listening to what seems to be a crossed telephone connection, she hears two men planning a woman's murder. The call cuts off without Leona learning very much other than it is scheduled for 11:15, when a passing train will hide any sounds. She calls the telephone company and the police, but with few concrete details, they can do nothing. Complicating matters, her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) is overdue and their servants have the night off, leaving her all alone in a New York City suite.

As she makes a number of phone calls trying to locate Henry, Leona inadvertently begins to piece together the mystery. The story is told mostly in flashbacks. When Leona reaches Henry's secretary, Elizabeth Jennings (Dorothy Neumann), she learns that he took an attractive Mrs. Lord to lunch and did not return to the office. Mrs. Lord turns out to be the former Sally Hunt (Ann Richards). Leona stole then-drug store employee Henry from Sally, and married him against her father's wishes. Sally is now the wife of Fred Lord (Leif Erickson), a lawyer in the district attorney's office. From overheard conversations, she learned that her husband was close to resolving an investigation that involves Henry somehow. Sally became so concerned that she followed her husband and two associates to a mysterious meeting in a seemingly abandoned house on Staten Island. The house, according to a "no trespassing" sign, belongs to a W. Evans. Sally arranged to meet Henry for lunch, but before she could warn him, he left the table and did not return. Later, Sally calls Leona with more news. The house on Staten Island has burned down, and three men, including someone named Morano (William Conrad), have been arrested. Waldo Evans (Harold Vermilyea), however, has escaped.

Leona then receives a message from Henry stating he has gone out of town on business he had forgotten about and will not be back until Sunday.

Leona next gets in touch with Dr. Alexander (Wendell Corey), a specialist she had come to New York to see regarding her lifelong heart troubles. Alexander reveals that he gave Henry his prognosis ten days before, something that Henry kept from her. Henry had married Leona without being aware of her health problems. He first found out when she had a heart attack after they quarreled about his attempt to get a job on his own, rather than being a do-nothing vice president in his father-in-law's business. (James Cotterell, however, sabotaged his job interview.) Her attacks became more and more frequent, until she finally took to her bed about a year ago. Alexander, however, diagnosed Leona's problems as purely psychosomatic; there is nothing wrong with her physically.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2002-05-28