Phone Call from a Stranger

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Overview

David Trask Gary Merrill, the sole survivor of an airplane crash, takes it upon himself to contact the families of the various victims. Though he's already formed preconceived notions of his deceased fellow passengers, he's in for quite a few surprises when he meets the relatives. His first visit is to the wife Beatrice Straight and son Ted Donaldson of a profoundly troubled doctor Michael Rennie. His second stop is at a nightclub managed by the domineering mother-in-law Evelyn Varden of an aspiring actress ...
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Overview

David Trask Gary Merrill, the sole survivor of an airplane crash, takes it upon himself to contact the families of the various victims. Though he's already formed preconceived notions of his deceased fellow passengers, he's in for quite a few surprises when he meets the relatives. His first visit is to the wife Beatrice Straight and son Ted Donaldson of a profoundly troubled doctor Michael Rennie. His second stop is at a nightclub managed by the domineering mother-in-law Evelyn Varden of an aspiring actress Shelley Winters. Finally, he meets the invalid wife Bette Davis of an outwardly obnoxious travelling salesman Keenan Wynn. After his odyssey into other people's lives, Trask gains a new perspective on his own personal travails. Few studios could pull off the "multi-story film" format as well as 20th Century-Fox, and Phone Call From a Stranger is a grade-A example of that format.
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Special Features

Restoration comparison; Theatrical trailer; Original theatrical trailer; Interactive pressbook gallery; Poster gallery; Lobby card gallery; Still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Phone Call from a Stranger is the kind of studio product that Hollywood produced with considerable polish and flair up through the 1950s. It's a product, not art, and as such it tends to be very concerned with getting things right: the right mixture of character types, the right way of setting up each story so that the audience follows it clearly, the right plot turns that grow naturally out of what has come before. Nunnally Johnson's screenplay accomplishes all that it sets out to do very well and makes the movie very watchable, but there's a calculated precision to it that modern day audiences may find off-putting. It also makes for uncomfortable moments, as when Gary Merrill's character puts off telling the family the fate of one character merely as a means of creating tension in the audience. The screenplay does provide some juicy parts for its generally good cast, however, with Bette Davis turning in a memorable performance and making the most of the setpiece given to her. Shelley Winters also does very well, and Keenan Wynn is excellent as the obnoxious salesman whose blustery demeanor masks genuine tenderness. Even Gary Merrill is more convincing than usual. Phone Call is well-done and moderately entertaining but ultimately empty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • UPC: 024543507284
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,512

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shelley Winters Binky Gay
Gary Merrill David Trask
Michael Rennie Dr. Fortness
Keenan Wynn Eddie Hoke
Bette Davis Marie Hoke
Evelyn Varden Sally Carr
Warren Stevens Marty Nelson
Beatrice Straight Mrs. Fortness
Ted Donaldson Jerry Fortness
Craig Stevens Mike Gay
Helen Westcott Jane Trask
Sydney Perkins Stewardess
Hugh Beaumont Dr. Brooks
Harry V. Cheshire Dr. Fletcher
Tom Powers Dr. Fernwood
Freeman Lusk Thompson
George Eldredge Doctor
Nestor Paiva Headwaiter
Perdita Chandler Mrs. Brooks
Genevieve Bell Mrs. Fletcher
John Doucette Bartender
Thomas E. Jackson Mr. Sawyer
George Nader Pilot
William Neff Copilot
Ruth Robinson Nurse
Robert A. Davis
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Nunnally Johnson Producer, Screenwriter
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Bruce MacDonald Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
I.A.R. Wylie Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Phone Call from a Stranger
1. Main Titles [1:58]
2. Dear Jane [3:33]
3. Fear Of Flying [5:32]
4. Taking Off [3:46]
5. Forced Landing [2:00]
6. The Four Musketeers [3:14]
7. A Lonely Life [2:53]
8. Dance Night At the Club [2:56]
9. Too Fast [3:12]
10. Figuring People Out [1:20]
11. Mother-In-Law Trouble [2:36]
12. Survivor [4:32]
13. Mrs. Fortness [2:02]
14. Pier 75 [:44]
15. A Decent Man [4:26]
16. The Carrs [2:29]
17. Just the Name [3:01]
18. A Saint [3:00]
19. Beautiful Success [6:14]
20. Mrs. Hoke [3:45]
21. Looking For Happiness [2:46]
22. Subdural Hematoma [3:33]
23. Like a Rock [4:19]
24. The First Plane Out [2:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Phone Call from a Stranger
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   Language Selection
      Language and Audio
         English Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Restoration Comparison
      Theatrical Teaser
      Theatrical Trailer
      Galleries
         Interactive Pressbook Gallery
         Poster Gallery
         Lobby Card Gallery
         Still Gallery
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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Travel Troubles.

    This DVD was a great suspense thriller. Good advice about marriage is offered as you hear each characters tale about his or her marriage and their perception of how their marriage is.

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