Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sorry, Wrong Number

Originally a thirty minute radio play, Sorry, Wrong Number was expanded to 90 minutes when it was adapted to film. At times, the movie kind of dragged and clearly felt like the filmmakers weren't necessarily sure of the best way to flesh out the story. But when the premise is as strong as the one in this movie, you can't go too wrong.

Barbara Stanwyck plays a bedridden woman who accidentally overhears two men planning a murder when the operator mistakenly connects her to a wrong number. Of course, the murder being planned is hers! It takes her until near the end of the movie to connect the dots. The last 15 minutes or so were incredibly suspenseful. The last line of the film was perfect.

And Burt Lancaster in any movie is welcome in my book.

Directed by Anatole Litvak
1948
Film Forum

2 comments:

crispin said...

I agree, a winner. Just watched Sudden Fear starring the inimitable Joan Crawford last night and it was silly, suspenseful fun with a creepy creepy young(er) Jack Palance. I love movies with dictaphones.

Listmaker said...

never seen sudden fear but that sounds good. sounds like you are making the most of your netflix account.