Up 390 this week

Letter of Introduction (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 August 1938 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 213 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 1 critic

An aging actor, trying to make a comeback on Broadway, is surprised when his estranged daughter shows up. It seems that she is an actress and is also trying to make it on Broadway. He tries... See full summary »


0Check in

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3772 titles
created 17 Jul 2011
a list of 45 titles
created 23 Jul 2012
a list of 76 titles
created 21 Dec 2012
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
a list of 136 titles
created 11 May 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Letter of Introduction (1938)

Letter of Introduction (1938) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Letter of Introduction.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Claudette Colbert, John Payne, Shepperd Strudwick
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Black comedy about a brilliant Park Avenue doctor who becomes a criminal in order to do research into the criminal mind.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor
Action | Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Harald and his brother Guntar return to Norway to find their father murdered and his throne usurped. They try to take revenge on Sveno, but a traitor amongst them puts both brother's lives at risk.

Director: Giacomo Gentilomo
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Edmund Purdom, Isabelle Corey
Sensuela (1973)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Teuvo Tulio
Stars: Marianne Mardi, Mauritz Åkerman, Ismo Saario
Ten Canoes (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Out on patrol in the war-time desert a Canadian corporal reminisces about the woman he has left behind in London and ponders whether she will fall for the charms of his rival in love. At ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara, Thomas Mitchell
Ramona (1936)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Half-Indian girl brought up in a wealthy household is loved by the son of the house against his family's wishes and loves another Indian employed by the household.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Loretta Young, Don Ameche, Kent Taylor
The Whistler (1944)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A depressed man hires an assassin to kill him when he least expects it, but when his life takes an upward turn, he finds he now wishes to live.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Richard Dix, Gloria Stuart, J. Carrol Naish
El golfo (1917)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: José de Togores
Stars: Ernesto Vilches, Irene López Heredia, Artemio Pérez Bueno
Qing chun ji (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young girl from the city is sent out to work in a village of Dai people in China's cultural revolution. Here she learns to enjoy being young and gains a new outlook on life.

Director: Nuanxing Zhang
Stars: Yuanzheng Feng, Fengxu Li
The Circus (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Lives of circus performers in times of decay.

Director: Manuel Guimarães
Stars: Maria Olguim, Helga Liné, Artur Semedo
Our Wife (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jerry Marvin, a talented musician and composer, wallows in drunken self-pity after he is divorced by his wife Babe. Along comes new love Susan, who rescues Jerry and provides him with fresh... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Ruth Hussey, Ellen Drew


Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Leeds ...
Katherine 'Kay' Martin
Barry Paige
Edgar Bergen ...
Charlie McCarthy ...
Mortimer Snerd ...
Rita Johnson ...
Lydia Hoyt
Ernest Cossart ...
Andrews, the Butler
Frank Jenks ...
Joe, theatre prompter
Cora Phelps
Jonathan Hale ...
Lou Woodstock
Constance Moore ...
Autograph Seeker
Frances Robinson ...
Hatcheck Girl
Eleanor Hansen ...
Stagestruck Girl


An aging actor, trying to make a comeback on Broadway, is surprised when his estranged daughter shows up. It seems that she is an actress and is also trying to make it on Broadway. He tries to re-establish his relationship with her while also trying to hide the fact that she is his daughter from the press. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

actor | puppet | See All (2) »


Truly Great Entertainment - Great in theme...great in cast...and the great scalawag Charlie McCarthy


Comedy | Drama


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ajánlólevél  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film dialogue often refers to "The Lambs Club," which is still around! The Lambs was formed in 1874 and is a club for actors and entertainment professionals. See more »


Edgar Bergen: I don't think that's very funny.
Charlie McCarthy: You don't?
Edgar Bergen: No.
Charlie McCarthy: Well then, why did you make me say it?
Edgar Bergen: Oh, I see.
Charlie McCarthy: [Aside] That kills him, yes.
[to Bergen]
Charlie McCarthy: Uh, you're not so clever either, Mr. Bergen.
Edgar Bergen: Oh, I'm not?
Charlie McCarthy: No, I can see your lips move.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fine Cast, Interesting Story
19 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The fine cast and the interesting story in "Letter of Introduction" go together well, making it an enjoyable and sometimes thoughtful movie. The characters are interestingly quirky while remaining believable, and the story gets quite a bit out of a relatively simple setup.

Adolphe Menjou and Andrea Leeds are both well cast in the leading roles, as a father and daughter who try to keep their relationship hidden as they work together on the stage. Menjou is always enjoyable to watch in this kind of role, as something of a scamp who nevertheless has a caring heart. Leeds makes good use of her innocence and earnestness. As the central relationship in the story, their two characters also make a nice change of pace from the more conventional setups in comedies of this kind.

The supporting cast likewise features plenty of talent. In particular, Edgar Bergen and Charlie get some of the best lines, Eve Arden is well-suited to her role, and Ernest Cossart seems right at home as Menjou's butler.

Everything fits together well, and in addition to providing some entertaining moments, it includes the kind of drama that makes you think along with the characters and ask yourself what you might do in the same situation.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Letter of Introduction (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: