Written by: Lucille Fletcher, based on her radio play
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Harold Vermilyea
- Theatrical Trailer
Released by: Paramount
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format
My Advice: Rent it.
Leona Stevenson (Stanwyck) is not a happy woman. Confided to her bed by a heart condition, she sent her nurse home to spend some time with her husband, Henry (Lancaster). The problem is it’s been hours, he hasn’t shown up yet and his phone is constantly busy. When the operator tries to break through, Leona inadvertently hears two thugs planning how to kill a woman that night. Horrified, she tries to get the police to do something, but without any clues, they are helpless. Trying to find her husband so he can help her, information trickles to Leona through the telephone and she discovers that her world is built on lies and deception and she is the focus of a murderous plot.
The only feature on the disc is the trailer for the movie. It does show that Hollywood could, at one point in its history, make a trailer that doesn’t reveal everything about the plot. It’s a shame that there’s no commentary but perfectly understandable since the principle actors, the director, and the screenwriter have passed on. One feature that they could have added was the original broadcast version of Sorry, Wrong Number. It would have been interesting to compare the two or have had a featurette about said comparison–this is a story that’s been done for the small screen twice as well, so it bears some study, one would think. Still, even without bonus stuff, this movie is a fine example of noir suspense that Hollywood seems incapable of making these days. Worth a rental.