Phone Call from a Stranger

I have been going through my “Watch later” list on YouTube recently, and this 1952 film had been there for a while.

The story is of a man who takes a flight to L.A. after leaving his wife. On the plane he makes friends with three passengers and gets to know them well. One of them was a young Shelley Winters. The plane crashes however, and he is one of only three survivors. So, he decides he must visit the families of the three people he met, and say nice things about them.

So it was three stories in one as the main character visited each family and told his story, and in the case of the last story with Bette Davis, she convinced him to return to his wife. It was all pretty average stuff, and ended rather soapily.

The acting was all good, and Bette Davis of course was fabs. As well as Davis there was Gary Merrill, who was in All About Eve (a great film, also with Bette Davis) in the main role, Michael Rennie who played Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Keenan Wynn (a very familiar face), and Shelley Winters.

Not essential watching, but I have no regrets.

Date watched: March 4th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2017: 45


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