Sorry, Wrong Number

Synopsis: Leona Stevenson is sick and confined to her bed. One night, whilst waiting for her husband to return home, she picks up the phone and accidentally overhears a conversation between two men planning a murder. She becomes increasingly desperate as she tries to work out who the victim is so the crime can be prevented.
Director(s): Anatole Litvak
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

- Operator? Operator?

- Your call, please.

I've been ringing Murray Hill 3-5097

for the last half hour.

The line is always busy.

Will you ring it for me, please?

Murray Hill 3-5097.

- One moment, please.

- My husband's office.

He should've been home hours ago.

I can't think what's keeping him...

or why that ridiculous wire

should be busy.

They always close that office

at 6:

Ringing Murray Hill 3-5097.

Thank you.

Hello? Hello?

Hello, Mr. Stevenson, please.

- I want to speak to Mr. Stevenson.

- Hello, George?

- Speaking.

- What number am I calling?

I got your message, George.

Everything okay for tonight?

- Yeah, everything's okay.

- Excuse me.

What's going on here?

I'm using this wire.

- It's still 11:
15, George?

- 11:
15 is right.

- You got it all straight now?

- Yeah, I think so.

At 11:
00, the private patrolman

goes around to the bar...

on 2nd Avenue for a beer.

Then I get in through

the kitchen window at the back.

Then I wait till the train

goes over the bridge...

in case her window is open

and she should scream.

Hello? Who is this?

I forgot to ask you.

Still don't wanna use the gun?

Make it quick. Our client doesn't

wish to make her suffer long.

Okay, George, don't worry.

There won't be any slipup.

And don't forget to take

the rings and bracelets...

and the jewelry

in the bureau drawer.

Our client wishes to make it look

like simple robbery.

Simple robbery.

That's very important.

Okay, okay.

Now, let me just check

the address again.



- Your call, please.

- You've given me a wrong number.

I'm sorry, madam.

What number were you calling?

I was calling Murray Hill 3-5097...

That's my husband's office...

and instead, I was cut into

some other number that you dialed.

The wires must have crossed,

and I heard the most dreadful thing.

- A murder.

- Yes, madam?

And now, I want you to get that

wrong number back for me at once.

I'm sorry, madam.

I do not understand.

You dialed a number for me

just a moment ago...

Murray Hill 3-5097.

It was busy for so long, and

I asked you to get it and you did.

And then those...

those horrible men came on and...

Well, it's unnerved me dreadfully.

I'm an invalid.

I will connect you

with the chief operator.


- Chief Operator. May I help you?

- I'm an invalid...

and I've just had a dreadful shock

tonight over the telephone...

and I'm very anxious

to trace the call.

It was about a murder...

a terrible, coldblooded murder...

of a poor, innocent woman

tonight at 11:

I was trying to reach

my husband's office.

He should've been home hours ago.

I'm all alone tonight.

My nurse has the night off,

because my husband had promised...

As a matter of fact,

he had sworn he'd be home by 6:00.

I don't know any of the neighbors,

as we live permanently in Chicago.

Well, it so happens that

the couple I have working for me...

had some important date or other.

I don't know.

A movie, I suppose.

They said it was promised them

three weeks ago.

You could've thought they'd have

checked with me before leaving...

had some realization

of my condition.

But I've been ringing and ringing

the bell for nearly an hour...

hoping they'd come back

or something.

- There isn't a sound downstairs.

- Yes, madam.

So when I kept getting the busy

signal in my husband's office...

I naturally dialed the operator

and told her to try it, and she did.

Then, out of a clear sky, I was cut

into this ghastly conversation...

between two killers.

And now, I'd like you

to trace it for me at once.

- Well, madam, that depends.

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Lucille Fletcher

Violet Lucille Fletcher (March 28, 1912 – August 31, 2000) was an American screenwriter of film, radio and television. Her credits include The Hitch-Hiker, an original radio play written for Orson Welles and adapted for a notable episode of The Twilight Zone television series. Lucille Fletcher also wrote Sorry, Wrong Number, one of the most celebrated plays in the history of American radio, which she adapted and expanded for the 1948 film noir classic of the same name. Married to composer Bernard Herrmann in 1939, she wrote the libretto for his opera Wuthering Heights, which he began in 1943 and completed in 1951, after their divorce. more…

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