The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense. Her poise, graciousness and stoicism impress nearly everyone who meets her. Her husband is certainly without doubt; so is the district officer; while her lawyer's doubts may be a natural skepticism. But this is Singapore and the resentful natives will have no compunction about undermining this accused murderess. A letter in her hand turns up and may prove her undoing. Written by
Fascinating Tantalizing and DANGEROUS!
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Did You Know?
Sixteen years after he directed this film, William Wyler
made his TV directing debut with a live production broadcast Oct. 15, 1956 on Producers' Showcase: The Letter
(1956). The cast included Siobhan McKenna
, John Mills
, Michael Rennie
, and Anna May Wong
in the roles earlier played by Bette Davis
, Herbert Marshall
, James Stephenson
, and Gale Sondergaard
. Some of the censorship that had restricted the 1940 version was eased for this TV version. For example, Hammond's "Eurasian wife" in 1940 was permitted to be, as in the play and 1929 film, his Chinese mistress. See more
When Betty and her lawyer get in the car to go to Chinatown to get the letter, Betty enters the car first from the left side, the lawyer second. When they get to Chinatown, Betty gets out of the left side of the car first, followed by the lawyer. See more
Be flippant about your own crimes if you want to, but don't be flippant about mine!
Referenced in Seinfeld: The Letter