Classic Cinema: Excellent Film Noir - SORRY, WRONG NUMBER 1948

Stanwyck, Lancaster and Corey in a classic Noir with superb suspense, tension and terrifying moments. Come join me for the fun!

Is it a lifeline or a life-or-death-line? Wealthy shut-in Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck) depends on her phone. When her husband’s (Burt Lancaster) office line is continuously busy, she has the operator intervene and is mistakenly connected to a call in which two men are planning a murder . . . perhaps hers. Told through a series of dizzying flashbacks, Sorry, Wrong Number gets everything right: the mounting hysteria, the deceptive story line, the helplessness of Leona seen through the oppressive opulence of her apartment. Wendell Corey plays the ever-caring Dr. Alexander, an overly confident physician who deems Leona’s woes psychosomatic. The wrong number, again.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Lucille Fletcher, from her radio play. Photographed by Sol Polito. With Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Wendell Corey, Ann Richards. (89 mins, B&W, DCP, From Paramount Pictures)

Purchase Tickets online here: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/film/FN20435

I'll meet you in the Lobby at 8:30pm.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A total treat here too, Marilyn! I loved the camera movements and the keen details throughout the film. Not all of them were coherent, but all of them were fascinating (that glass of champagne sharply subtracted from Burt Lancaster's hand on his wedding day! The meek British chemist dreaming of horse pastures!) Cinematic syntax with light and shadows!

    2 · September 9, 2013

  • Marilyn

    Good film! It was a treat to sit with you Isabelle, especially as it was your first timing seeing this - pretty suspenseful, wasn't it?

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a definite maybe. Have plans earlier but will see.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeaaah, Marilyn, I was planning to see it! Very glad the Classic Lit Club spotted it as well...A good hour to see a Noir flick too, no?

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Carissa

    Wish I could make this but already have plans. Have fun!

    1 · September 3, 2013

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