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Sorry, Wrong Number

1948
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 29m
Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for he husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder (imdb)
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Sorry, Wrong Number

1948
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 29m
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Avg Percentile 57.76% from 328 total ratings

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Rated 05 May 2008
68
50th
Not bad, but not as suspenseful as I'd anticipated. Can't compare to Hitchcock. Throughout a lot of the movie, I felt that they should have been evoking more sympathy for Leona, so that I'd actually care if she got killed or not, but the ending kind of made up for that. All in all, I think it was decent, but not great.
Rated 25 Jun 2009
60
24th
You think you know the ending, and you do. But you don't! Too bad that the endless parade of flashbacks undermine the thrills of the story. And Stanwyck, tough and powerful, is unbelievable as an invalid. Her screen persona just does not complement such a weak character. I still love her, though.
Rated 05 Mar 2010
64
35th
Too high-strung to really work effectively as suspense. There's nowhere to go, dramatically, when it's pitched at hysteria right from the start. That said, the restrictive use of location works well.
Rated 05 May 2008
74
32nd
Ok, definite points for going with the ending that they did. That's always to be admired. But I felt there was something missing here. The shots of the shadowy intruder were great at building suspense, so why were there so few shots of him? Also, the flashbacks within flashbacks were a little hard to keep track of at times.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
71
42nd
Yeah, it's a little overcomplicated and artificial, but it has a pretty good third act. Look for William Conrad as a calmly menacing racketeer.
Rated 01 Mar 2009
79
86th
Pretty good stuff. Litvak knits together quite a complicated plot, unfurled thread by thread over telephone conversations, which makes for some suspenseful viewing.
Rated 25 Jul 2019
7
61st
MVP: Sol Polito. Grand instances of cinematography to be found here.
Rated 30 May 2010
72
41st
So-so suspense. From Barbara Stanwyck's point of view, almost every piece of information is gleaned from the telephone, which often becomes an instrument of menace. The film is heavy on exposition and light on tension, but has some interesting plot developments and a satisfying conclusion. One's sympathies shift as we see Stanwyck and Lancaster from the perspectives of other characters. Stanwyck's performance isn't that great, but it has a fun campy edge to it.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
2
21st
A boring dud. The tension, what little there is, gets suspended and lost in a constant barrage of flashbacks. The acting ranges from amateur to overly melodramatic.
Rated 22 Oct 2010
74
61st
There's something truly diabolical in being witness to the events leading up to your death, before you die. Yet the very wordy (radioplay) screenplay never quite reaches the cinematic heights it aims for, probably because it kicks the melodrama into overdrive right when it shouldn't. Still, there's a lot to love here.
Rated 12 Jan 2019
5
18th
Too wordy - doesn’t create enough suspense.
Rated 21 Jul 2019
60
10th
Ridiculous movie that nevertheless contains a powerful depiction of 1948 Staten Island.
Rated 23 Jun 2022
60
31st
Claustrophobic setting and a good premise. Starts off well and I liked the camera work; Hitchcockian vibes; plus the phone + murder + single location(ish) caused me to associate this with Dial M for Murder (which Sorry, Wrong Number actually predates by 7 years). Unfortunately, things get convoluted, with erratic flashbacks (and on one occasion, a flashback within a flashback) and some character actions which were hard to clock.
Rated 23 Dec 2019
55
70th
This script wasn't suited for a movie; it's entirely flashback driven, making it different, but also confusing and choppy. "Sorry, Wrong Number" is still an above-average thriller that's worth watching.
Rated 13 Mar 2020
90
96th
A movie from the 40s that doesn't have that ham-fisted overacting! Just some exquisitely fleshed out characters with all their personality warts and all. A narrative that doesn't have Hitchcock's relentless plot-twisting for the *thrill* of it. Just a taut, no-frills thriller with excellent performances that paint an intriguing portrait of mental illness and explores the social dynamics of power & control. A virtuouso execution of film that, in that decade, is rivalled only by Citizen Kane.
Rated 26 May 2020
63
78th
Good Noir; the radio play background was noticeable from the limited number of locations, but the tight pacing, Anatole Litvak's direction and Sal Polito's excellent crane shots / floating camera kept it interesting. Stanwyck's acting was overly dramatic which suited the character, while Lancaster kept it more low key which also kept you guessing about his character. Solid support from rest of the cast. Some nice exterior shots, especially the Staten Island set ones were suspenseful.
Rated 06 Jul 2020
95
84th
Great one! Shocked I never saw it.
Rated 26 Sep 2021
70
96th
One of Barbara Stanwyck most intense performances. It borderlined hysterically over-the-top, but with that brilliantly chilling ending it all made sense....
Rated 20 Mar 2022
68
45th
Stanwyck is great. The rest is just not very good
Rated 15 Mar 2009
60
43rd
Decent faux Hitchcock movie, but it has good things in it and the ending did surprise me.
Rated 03 Jul 2010
84
77th
There's something very silly about the construction, but I can't deny it was very effective at building suspense. As details were unraveled I became more and more interested in how things would unfold and I wasn't disappointed. The resolution's not surprising but it's still very good.
Rated 19 May 2007
0
8th
One of the most boring thrillers ever produced. Whose idea was it to have a flashback within a flashback?
Rated 16 Feb 2016
45
26th
An interesting premise that misses it's mark. Too many flashbacks and overacting from Stanwyck take away from any tension that was being built. The ending was the best part for sure but since I didn't like any of the characters the whole thing was kind of a dud.
Rated 29 May 2009
70
41st
The ending sequence is very chilling, but I found the rest of the movie boring and hated the characters.
Rated 10 Dec 2014
50
29th
Dial it down, please.
Rated 16 Oct 2013
80
64th
80.000
Rated 22 Mar 2007
80
43rd
The plot is a little too convoluted and a little coincidental (How wonderful that Leona happens to listen into a conversation that gives the details of her own death!) but Barbara Stanwyck's descent into paranoia and hysteria is stunning.
Rated 09 Apr 2010
95
93rd
terrific noir with Stanwyck and Lancaster....and a great ending!
Rated 17 Nov 2007
70
16th
This was very dull & very poorly executed. Plus poor Barbara Stanwyck is confined to a bed throughout!
Rated 12 Aug 2013
70
24th
Really lazy adaptation -- it just felt like a radio play from the very first scene and it turns out it is. Though it gets a bit darker at the very end, the film was enjoyable throughout for some unintentional comedy -- bits of very unrealistic dialogue and, of course, the flashback within a flashback.
Rated 30 Oct 2013
67
28th
disappointment.
Rated 03 Jan 2007
80
64th
Uma vida por um fio estreava há 75 anos nos EUA. Acho que gostei muito mais agora do que da primeira vez que vi, talvez meu incômodo fique pelos excessivos flashbacks que tornam o filme mais longo do que de fato é e acaba te cansando sem razão. YTS.

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