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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Number derives sleek hysteria from its audaciously constraining narrative strategy."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Perhaps if you have a special interest in foul folks and morbidities, you will thrill to this Hal Wallis picture. Frankly, we squirmed -- and not from dread."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Anatole Litvak's taut, gripping, highly stylized noir, based a 22 minute radio play with Agnes Moorehead, is one of the genre's very best, with a bed-ridden Stanwyck in a tour de force performance--a case study for lover of film noir."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fletcher adapted her celebrated 22-minute, single-character radio play into an almost equally tense screenplay, still retaining many of the eerie sound effects."
‑ , Film4
"It is a carefully plotted film that leads to an extraordinary ironic climax."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"To make a movie of Lucille Fletcher's classic radio play was really to betray its best idea: that sound, not sight, is the truly paranoid sense."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Stanwyck was too strong to play this simpering role."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"dark and terrifying"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film’s basic premise is just too compelling to resist."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"A good script, but it should have been filmed with the woman who made it famous on the stage, Agnes Moorehead."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Stanwyck's metamorphosis from indolence to hysteria is brilliantly executed."
‑ , Time Out
"Both Lancaster and Stanwyck are excellent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Vintage suspense with terrific Stanwyck, Lancaster"
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A bit drawn-out, but a sensational vehicle for Stanwyck's talents"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"[A] taut thriller."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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