Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number

Anatole Litvak (1948)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Originally a radio play by Lucille Fletcher, this taut drama centres on bedridden heiress Barbara Stanwyck who, left alone in her apartment, tries to call her husband and overhears her own murder being planned. Fletcher opened out the screenplay just enough to allow beefy Burt Lancaster to share a crumb of the honours with Stanwyck as the husband, and to heighten the claustrophobia of her bedroom by contrasting it with a murky outside world. Anatole Litvak directed this classic film noir, a real nail-biter, which earned Stanwyck an Oscar nomination for her tour de force as the domineering, neurotically ill woman, at the mercy of her self-induced helplessness.


Rich, neurotic Leona Stevenson lies bedridden at home and is trying to phone her husband. But the lines are crossed, and she accidentally overhears a call in which two men are planning a murder. She frantically tries to raise the alarm, and when at last she manages to convince the telephone company of her story, she comes to realise with increasing horror who their intended victim is. Thriller, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards and Wendell Corey.

Cast & Crew

Henry Stevenson Burt Lancaster
Leona Stevenson Barbara Stanwyck
Sally Lord Dodge Ann Richards
Dr Alexander Wendell Corey
James Cotterell Ed Begley
Waldo Evans Harold Vermilyea
Fred Lord Leif Erickson
Morano William Conrad
Director Anatole Litvak
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd