Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Director: Anatole Litvak
Screenplay by: Lucille Fletcher based on Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley, Leif Erickson, Jimmy Hunt and William Conrad.
Tagline: The prize-winning radio suspense drama that thrilled 40,000,000 people … now electrifies the screen!
Leona Stevenson (Stanwyck) is invalid confined to her bed. While making a phone call, the lines are crossed and she hears two men discussing a murder that will happen in the next few hours. Leona frantically contacts the police. They say there’s nothing they can do with the information provided. Leona then contacts the telephone company. They don’t have the ability to figure out where the call originated. As the minutes tick by, Leona gets more worried that someone is going to be killed. Soon Leona will realize that she is the intended victim!
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)
Barbara Stanwyck was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 1949 Academy Awards.
It’s interesting that Stanwyck plays an unlikable character and we’re rooting for Lancaster, who plays her husband. Slowly we learn, he’s not as nice a guy as we thought, but we understand his motives.
Sorry, Wrong Number contains one of the best ending scenes in movies.