Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number

Barbara Stanwyck
Director: Anatole Litvak Cast: Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
, Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Ann Richards
Ann Richards
Anatole Litvak

DVD (Wide Screen)



When Lucille Fletcher took on the challenge of expanding her classic 30-minute radio suspenser Sorry, Wrong Number into an 89-minute feature film, she opted on the Citizen Kane approach, filling the plotline to the brim with revelatory flashbacks. Barbara Stanwyck stars as bedridden hypochondriac Leona Stevenson, who while trying to make a call from her bedroom telephone gets her wires crossed and inadvertently overhears two men plotting a murder. Anxiously, Leona wades through telephone-company bureaucracy to trace the call, never catching on -- until it's too late -- that the murder being planned is hers. A series of flashbacks details the disintegrating marriage between the wealthy Leona and her weakling husband Henry (Burt Lancaster), and Henry's subsequent disastrous get-rich-quick schemes involving chemist Waldo Evans (Harold Vermilyea) and a surly gangster (William Conrad). It would have been a near-sacrilege to alter the radio play's ironic ending, which fortunately remains intact on film. Sorry Wrong Number was first heard on radio's Suspense series in 1943, with Agnes Moorehead as the harried Mrs. Stevenson (a role she'd repeat several times on radio and on stage). Though disappointed that she wasn't chosen to star in the film version, Moorehead took some satisfaction in the fact that a recording of the original radio program was played constantly on the set to help keep Barbara Stanwyck "in the mood."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2017
UPC: 0032429287380
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Leona Stevenson
Burt Lancaster Henry Stevenson
Ann Richards Sally Lord Dodge
Wendell Corey Dr. Alexander
Ed Begley James Cotterell
Harold Vermilyea Waldo Evans
Leif Erickson Fred Lord
William Conrad Morano
John Bromfield Joe, Detective
Jimmy Hunt Peter Lord
Dorothy Neumann Miss Jennings
Igor Dega Actor
Kristine Miller Dolly, Dr. Alexander's Girlfriend
Suzanne Dalbert Cigarette Girl
Joyce Compton Blonde
Tito Vuolo Albert
Garry Owen Bingo Caller
Holmes Herbert Wilkins
Neal Dodd Minister
Louise Lorimer Nurse
Yola D'Avril French Maid
Pepito Perez Boat Operator
Ashley Cowan Clam Digger
Grace Poggi Dancer
Cliff Clark Sergeant Duffy
Paul Fierro Harpootlian

Technical Credits
Anatole Litvak Director,Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Hans Dreier Art Director
Lucille Fletcher Screenwriter
Bertram Granger Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Warren Low Editor
Richard McWhorter Asst. Director
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sorry, Wrong Number
1. Crossed Wires [1:15]
2. "Chicago Is Calling" [:29]
3. A Cat Out Of The Bag [7:18]
4. Cutting In On Sally Hunt [1:54]
5. Getting What She Wants [5:26]
6. The D.A.'s Investigation [1:58]
7. Family Connections [4:21]
8. Doctor Alexander's Diagnosis [3:33]
9. True Facts From Waldo Evans [4:37]
10. Bowery 2-1000 [1:45]
11. Henry's I.O.U. Comes Due [7:47]

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