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Sorry, Wrong Number

89 min
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
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Anatole Litvak
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1948-09-01
Filming Locations: Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Sorry, Wrong Number
Burt Lancaster
Henry J. Stevenson
Ann Richards
Sally Hunt Lord
Wendell Corey
Dr. Philip Alexander
Harold Vermilyea
Waldo Evans
Ed Begley
James 'J.B.' Cotterell
Leif Erickson
Fred Lord
William Conrad
John Bromfield
Joe - Detective
Jimmy Hunt
Peter Lord
Dorothy Neumann
Elizabeth Jennings
Paul Fierro
Bill Cartledge
Page Boy (uncredited)
Cliff Clark
Police Sergeant Duffy (uncredited)
Joyce Compton
Cotterell's Blonde Girlfriend (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan
Clam Digger (uncredited)
Yola d'Avril
French Maid (uncredited)
Suzanne Dalbert
Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Igor Dega
Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Neal Dodd
Minister (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee
Morano's Henchman (uncredited)
Mary Field
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves
Bingo Hall Page (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert
Wilkins (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer
Nurse (uncredited)
Kristine Miller
Dolly: Doctor Alexander's Girlfriend (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien
Waiter at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Garry Owen
Bingo Caller (uncredited)
Grace Poggi
Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard
Waiter (uncredited)
Albert Pollet
Maurice - Waiter (uncredited)
Pepito Pérez
Boat Operator (uncredited)
George Stern
Drug Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland
Dance Team Member (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan
Policeman at New Rochelle Train Station (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon
Woman in Subway (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo
Albert, the Waiter (uncredited)
Did you know?
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 9, 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster reprising their film roles.
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Agnes Moorehead, who created the role of Mrs. Stevenson on the radio, was offered a small role in the film. Insulted, she turned it down.
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At the time this film was made,Leona's number PLaza 5-1098 was a telephone company test number that always gave a busy signal when called.
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Twice Barbara Stanwyck turns on a radio and they instantly begin to play music. Radios of the film's era would have required some time to warm up.
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Whenever camera pans out Leona's window to cityscape with moving cars, city lights, etc., smoke emitting from smokestacks never moves.
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After Leona calls the police, she reaches to her bed table for medicine and water. The table extending over her bed immediately at her right hand, and the phone is on the bed at her left. In the next shot, the phone has moved, and the bed table is far away from her, under the window to her left.
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Leona Stevenson: No! Please! don't! Please, I'll... I'll give you anything! Please! Ahhhhhh!
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Henry Stevenson: Besides, what does a dame like you want with a guy like me?
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Henry Stevenson: You can't live on dreams forever. Waiting only weakens you and your dream. My motto is: "If you want something, get it now!"
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What is 'Sorry, Wrong Number' about?
At 9:24 PM, spoiled and wealthy 'cough drop queen' Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck), an invalid confined to her bed, attempts to call her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) at his office when he doesn't return home at the time he promised. Somehow, the telephone wires get crossed, and she ends up hearing what she thinks is a plot to murder her at 11:15 PM. She begins making a series of telephone calls to the operator, to the police, to her husband's secretary, even to her husband's ex-girlfriend. Eventually, the story unfolds that her husband is being blackmailed and may have arranged her murder so as to collect on her life insurance.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Sorry, Wrong Number can be found here.
Why is Leona confined to her bed?
Leona thinks that she's having heart attacks brought on by stressful situations, a condition from which she has suffered since childhood. However, Dr Anderson (Wendell Corey) diagnoses her as a 'cardiac neurotic' and believes that her heart attacks are psychosomatic. In today's terminology, cardiac neurosis might be referred to as 'panic attacks', which actually can show symptoms similar to a heart attack, e.g., heart palpitations, sweating, chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, and tachycardia (rapid heart beat).
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