The Party Line

The SmorgShow players recreate the classic radio drama, “Sorry, Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher which originally aired on the Suspense radio program on May 25, 1943.    Leona Stevenson is a spoiled, bedridden daughter of a millionaire. The telephone is her sole connection with the outside world. One day, while listening to what seems to be a crossed phone connection, she eavesdrops on two men planning a woman’s murder.

It was the mostly widely known, best kept secret in town.

Cecilia Thompson talked about it with her Aunt Gertrude on the party line Sunday afternoon after church.

Lucille Goodman, the pastor’s wife heard it when she picked up the phone to listen for items to add to her prayers.

Lucille mentioned something at dinner that night to Wanda the Deacon’s wife, so she could take it to the Lord as well.

Wanda felt the need to inform the Deacon, to prepare for a church-wide response.

The Deacon called a meeting of the other deacons to discuss the matter over coffee and donuts at the diner.

Veronica, the waitress at the diner, was surprised to hear the news as she poured an extra cup of coffee for the deacons.

On her break, she called Mrs. Thomas Riley to ask if indeed her mother, a 67-year old widow, was pregnant with twins.

It was news to her.

“Mom,” she hollered from the phone “are you pregnant with twins?”

“Lord God Almighty.  I should think not,”  she yelled back, then took another bite of her bologna sandwich.

(the first line was a Write Now Prompt from Today’s Author)

image from Chris Bockay onto Old Movies and Radio

6 thoughts on “The Party Line

  1. However do we survive without the party line these days. Oh of course LOL we have twitter and facebook. Wonderful story Tony, I needed a good laugh today as I struggle against the flu and try and edit my MS 🙂

  2. This is exactly how rumors get started! “she tells two friends, then they tell two friends then THEY tell two friends…” It just happens quicker now. Nice story.

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