Season 1 Episode 4

Sorry, Wrong Number

Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Nov 04, 1954 on CBS
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Sorry, Wrong Number
A neurotic invalid whose only contact with the outside world is her phone. One night, because of a crossed wire, she hears plans for a murder which turns out to be her own. Her frantic efforts to get help and her growing terror and realisation of the truth chill you to the bone.moreless

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    Shelley Winters

    Shelley Winters

    Leona Stevenson

    Guest Star

    Nestor Paiva

    Nestor Paiva

    Henry Stevenson

    Guest Star

    Paul Guilfoyle (II)

    Paul Guilfoyle (II)

    Dr. Alexander

    Guest Star

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      • The script was initially rejected by the PCA because of its focus on illegal drug traffic. Reacting to an early draft of the script, a March 12, 1947 PCA memo also commented that "the present ending of the story indicates a criminal, the husband, going off scot free and an unacceptable scene in which a doctor urges divorce as a cure for a wife's hysteria.

      • The original story was titled "Murder on the Telephone." Lucille Fletcher published a novelization of her radio play and screenplay in 1948, co-authored by Allan Ullman.

      • The show was so popular that it was re-broadcast every year for ten years on Suspense radio, and in 1947, Hal Wallis commissioned author Lucille Fletcher to expand her radio play into a full-length screenplay.

      • On the first original East coast broadcast of Sorry, Wrong Number on May 25, 1943 an actor missed his cue at one of the most important moments during the phone call to the police department where he was to say, ""Police department, Precinct 43. Sergeant Martin speaking", and say, "Sorry. Musta been a wrong number", and put the phone down. This caused even more suspense for the audience as they listened, the problem was corrected though for the West coast transmission.

      • Sorry, Wrong Number was made into a television play on a local New York station starring Mildred Natwick on January 30, 1946.

      • Lucille Fletcher who wrote and adapted Sorry, Wrong Number for Climax! was married to composer Bernard Herrmann who also wrote the music for this program.

      • Sorry, Wrong Number also aired on January 9, 1950, with a Lux Radio Theater broadcast with Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster recreating their big screen roles.

      • Lucille Fletcher's play originally aired on the Suspense Radio program on May 25, 1943 starring Agnes Moorehead in the role of Leona Stevenson. Sorry, Wrong Number with Agnes Moorehead was reprised seven times, the final airing was on February 14, 1960.

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