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The Telephone in Pop Culture: Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we explored how prominent the telephone has been in popular culture since its invention. In this part, we will look at just a few of the movies where the telephone served as an integral part of the plot.

  • Telephone Operator (1937): A telephone operator (Judith Allen) covering for a colleague finds herself in over her head when the town is hit by a flash flood.
  • Sorry, Wrong Number (1948): Barbara Stanwyck plays an invalid whose life is threatened when she overhears a phone conversation about a murder.
  • Dial M for Murder (1954): A former tennis pro, Tony Wendice (Ray Milland), plots to kill his wife Margot (Grace Kelly). He blackmails a college friend to kill her. While Tony attends a dinner to establish an alibi, he calls home to lure Margot out of bed and toward the waiting killer.
  • Charade (1963): Audrey Hepburn is pursued by bad guys seeking her dead husband’s fortune. In one tense scene, she cowers in a phone booth while one of her pursuers tosses lit matches at her dress.
  • The Birds (1963): Tippi Hidren also seeks shelter in a telephone booth against flocks of attacking birds.
  • Dirty Harry (1971): A kidnapped girl is buried alive somewhere in San Francisco, and detective Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) runs from phone booth to phone booth in search of clues. (1995’s Die Hard with a Vengeance followed a similar plot.)
  • High Anxiety (1977): In this spoof of Hitchcock films, Mel Brooks is trapped in a telephone booth while being strangled with a phone cord. He places a frantic call to his girlfriend, Madeline Kahn, who mistakes his gasping for an obscene call.
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1986): KGB agents lock Whoopi Goldberg in a phone booth and drag her around the streets of Manhattan.
  • Goodfellas (1990): Jimmy (Robert DeNiro) knocks over a phone booth when he learns that his partner Tommy (Joe Pesci) has been murdered.


  • Phone Booth (2002): A New York publicist (Colin Farrell) picks up a ringing public phone and a sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) tells him that if he hangs up, he will die.
  • Anchorman (2004): Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell), after watching his dog get booted off a bridge, makes an hysterical call from a phone booth to his friend Brian (Paul Rudd). When Brian asks Ron where he is, Ron sobs, “I’m trapped in a glass box of emotion!”
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007): Arthur Weasley (Mark Williams) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) gain entry to the Ministry of Magic through an elevator disguised as a classic red telephone box.

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