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Words to Know

fussy - (of clothes, decoration, etc.) elaborately made, trimmed, or decorated: Mrs. Stevenson's room is described as having "expensive, rather fussy furnishings."

bed jacket - a short jacket worn, usually by a woman, over a nightgown or pajamas, especially while sitting up in bed.

querulous - full of complaints

neurotic - a  mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision

peripheral - the external boundary of an area

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imperious - assuming authority without justification; arrogant


unobtrusively - in a way that doesn't attract attention

bridles - to show resentment or displeasure

explicitly - in a way that is direct and precise

high-strung - nervous, excitable, on edge

red tape - excessive formality and routine required before official action can be taken

exasperation - to be annoyed

high handed - condescending, to act superior to

radio car - an automobile, especially a police car or taxi, equipped with a two-way radio for communication

fretfully - worried

catechizing - to instruct orally by means of questions and answers

lethargic - drowsy, sluggish, not caring

Sorry, Wrong Number by Louise Fletcher

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Sorry, Wrong Number is a radio play by Louise Fletcher's play which originally aired on the Suspense radio program on May 25, 1943. Essentially a one-woman show, Agnes Moorehead starred as Mrs. Stevenson, an imperious invalid who accidentally intercepts a phone call between two men plotting a murder for that evening. Leona Stevenson is a spoiled, bedridden daughter of wealthy businessman James Cotterell. She tries to reach her husband, Henry. The servants have the night off and she is alone in the apartment. She overhears two men planning a murder via what seems to be a crossed telephone connection. The call cuts off without Leona learning much other than it is scheduled for that night, when a passing train hides any sounds. She calls the telephone company and the police, but with few details, they do nothing. She tries to enlist the help of the telephone operator, the police, and a hospital, becoming more frantic as the time passes. The play was reprised seven times (on August 21, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1952, 1957 and 1960). The final broadcast was on February 14, 1960. Orson Welles called Sorry, Wrong Number "the greatest single radio script ever written". In 2015, the broadcast was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.

Source: Wikipedia

Cast (as appearing in StudySync)

  1. Director (reads stage directions)

  2. Mrs. Stevenson (main role, most lines)

  3. Operator (1)

  4. Man / 1st Man

  5. 2nd Man / George

  6. Chief Operator / Miss Curtis

  7. 2nd Operator

  8. Young Man / Lunch Room Attendant

  9. Sargent Duffy

  10. 3rd Operator then referred to as just Operator

  11. Man / Western Union

  12. 4th Operator (just called Operator)

  13. Information Operator

  14. Woman (Hospital Operator)

  15. 5th Operator (just called Operator)

Sorry Wrong Number 3.jfif
Sound Effects
phone dialing
phone ringing 5 times
busy signal
train passing
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