reblog: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

***A great account of a favorite movie of mine!

Silver Screen Classics

by Paul Batters

1*godlxn2nnjeu6_7emfgjzw‘I want you to do something. I want you to get yourself out of the bed, and get over to the window and scream as loud as you can. Otherwise you only have another three minutes to live!’ Henry Stevenson (Burt Lancaster) 

Of the many great actresses from the Golden Years Of Hollywood, few could boast the career of Barbara Stanwyck. An actress with incredible range, screen presence and charisma, Barbara showed talent, which emerged during the Pre-Code Era. She would appear and make her mark in drama, comedy, the western – and of course, film noir.

With the opportunity to write for the this blogathon, it seemed fitting that I write about the first film I saw Barbara in, which left an indelible mark on me and started my interest in film noir – Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). I have written about this film in a…

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4 thoughts on “reblog: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Stanwyck in anything, though I did get a copy of Double Indemnity for Christmas. Not had a chance to watch it yet.

    • She was in so many, many movies that I’d be surprised if you hadn’t seen a few without realizing it. I can recall years ago when someone was raving about this Barbara Stanwyck person and I was going, “What? Who?” And then I realized I’d seen her and liked her in a bunch of movies but had never quite registered it was the same actress. She was under-regarded during her career, too — never won an Oscar, for example. It’s hard to know why all this should be.

  2. Also a great comedienne: THE MAD MISS MANTON, BALL OF FIRE, THE LADY EVE. And she made a successful transition to television (The Big Valley) when she was in her mid-fifties when most of female stars of the 30s & 40s were long gone. Did a lot of radio, also.

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