01 September 2014

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
89 min.
Directed by Anatole Litvak.
With Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley Sr., Ann Richards, Harold Vermilyea.
Based on a taut radio play by Lucille Fletcher and directed by Anatole Litvak (he also did the excellent Snake Pit the same year), this adept thriller stars Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck.

She's wealthy Leona Stevenson, a selfish, neurotic hypochondriac confined to her bed.

One day, she accidentally overhears a phone conversation between two men involving a plot to murder someone. Who could the intended victim be? Could it be her? And just who are the men behind the crime?

Eventually, she comes to believe her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) is behind it.

Bedridden for almost the entire picture, Stanwyck is excellent in her Oscar-nominated role, as she becomes increasingly frantic and masterfully rachets up the tension at key points.

Will Leona be able to stop the carefully planned scheme in time?

It all builds up to a climax that will give you goosebumps and which never fails to frighten.

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