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Ayn Rand (screenplay)
Christopher Massie (novel)
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Release Date:
26 October 1945 (USA) See more »
Allen Quinton writes a fellow soldier's love letters; tragedy results. Later, Allen meets a beautiful amnesiac who fears postmen... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more »
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sweet film with screenplay by no less than Ayn Rand See more (25 total) »


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Jennifer Jones ... Singleton

Joseph Cotten ... Alan Quinton

Ann Richards ... Dilly Carson

Cecil Kellaway ... Mac

Gladys Cooper ... Beatrice Remington

Anita Louise ... Helen Wentworth

Robert Sully ... Roger Morland

Reginald Denny ... Defense Counsel Phillips

Ernest Cossart ... Bishop

Byron Barr ... Derek Quinton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Farmer (uncredited)
Conrad Binyon ... Boy in Library (uncredited)
Nina Borget ... Italian Waitress (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Judge (uncredited)
Clifford Brooke ... Cart Driver (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Postman (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Dodd (uncredited)

Catherine Craig ... Jeanette Campbell (uncredited)

Louise Currie ... Clara Foley (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Nurse in Italy (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Attendant (uncredited)
Ethyl May Halls ... Mary (uncredited)

Lumsden Hare ... Mr. Quinton (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Quinton (uncredited)
Arthur Hohl ... Jupp (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Italian Innkeeper (uncredited)

Katie Johnson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anthony Marsh ... Young Man at Party (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)

James Millican ... Jim Connings (uncredited)

Ottola Nesmith ... Elderly Nurse (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Old Hag (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Vicar (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
Writing credits
Ayn Rand (screenplay)

Christopher Massie (novel "Pity My Simplicity") (as Chris Massie)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anne Bauchens 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hans Dreier 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
Sam Comer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Johnson .... sound recordist
Don McKay .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Loyal Griggs .... process photography assistant (uncredited)
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Webb .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... artists by arrangement with: Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten
Geoffrey Steele .... technical advisor
Victor Stoloff .... dialogue director
Montfort F. Creves .... technical advisor: hospital scenes (uncredited)
Gladys Percey .... research director (uncredited)
Dorothy Robinson .... research assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 22, 1946 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Allen sees the archived newspaper article, the first brief paragraph is on topic. The second paragraph is unrelated and everything else on the page is gibberish.See more »
Allen Quinton:Call her... a pin-up girl of the spirit.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
sweet film with screenplay by no less than Ayn Rand, 20 February 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Love Letters" is a 1945 film starring Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones. It's a mystery/romance that also is a spin on "Cyrano de Bergerac." As a favor to a buddy, British soldier Allen Quinten writes letters to his friend Roger's girlfriend Victoria while they are serving together, though Allen's conscience begins to bother him. He has also fallen in love with Victoria, and he believes that Victoria has fallen in love with a "man who doesn't exist." Once discharged and back in the London area, he learns that Roger married Victoria and later was killed. As it turns out, Roger was murdered by Victoria, who served a year in prison for manslaughter. Allen blames himself, feeling that the murder happened because Victoria was disillusioned when she realized she married a man who was not the person she fell in love with. When by coincidence he meets Victoria, she has amnesia. Once he finds out who she is, it's too late - they're in love, and he wants to marry her.

This is a really lovely film, based on a novel and adapted for the screen by Ayn Rand. Though it may not seem a likely subject for Rand, her personal philosophy is in play. "Cyrano de Bergerac" was one of her favorite stories, and she believed, as she shows in "Atlas Shrugged," that any deception in love can only lead to disaster.

There's not much mystery to the story - you know what happened from the very beginning - but the romance is good, as is the acting. Gladys Cooper plays Victoria's aunt, who suffered a stroke after the murder. She's very good. Cotten and Jones make a great team as always, Cotten strong, sensitive, pensive and handsome, and Jones stunningly beautiful and fragile with that dreamy quality that made her so good in the later "Portrait of Jennie." "Portrait of Jennie" is more interesting and a better film overall, but both benefit from an ethereal performance by Jones and nice chemistry with Cotten.

The song "Love Letters" comes from this film. It is played throughout and adds to the lovely British country atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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