Cast and Crew: Anatole Litvak (Director); Hal B. Wallis (Producer); Ed Begley, Leif Erickson, William Conrad
What It’s About: Leona Stevenson (Barbara Stanwyck) is a wealthy, nervous invalid. One night when her husband Henry (Burt Lancaster) is working late, she overhears two men plotting a murder when the phone wires cross. She will spend the night frantically trying to get someone, anyone, to listen to her before it is too late…
Why Watch it Today?: Barbara Stanwyck was one of the most flexible actresses of the 1940s, able to handle hard-boiled parts, dizzy dames in screwball comedies and even parts like this one which require her to be shrill and hysterical with equal aplomb. She died today in 1990; what better way to remember her than with a film in which she is, more or less, the whole movie (and for which she received an Oscar nomination).