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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Sheekman (screenplay)
Norman Krasna (play)
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Release Date:
10 June 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It Had to Be a Movie...Cause They Ran Out of Theatres to Show the Play!
Plot:
Ruth Wilkins discovers that her teenaged sister used her name in a torrid correspondence with soldier Bill Seacroft. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Actress Mona Freeman Dies at 87
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 6 June 2014, 1:31 PM, PDT)

Holden Has Two 'Wild' Movies Tonight
 (From Alt Film Guide. 21 August 2013, 6:56 PM, PDT)

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THE SUPPORTING CAST....... .. DE WOLFE/FREEMAN/ARNOLD See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joan Caulfield ... Ruth Wilkins

William Holden ... Lt. William Seacroft
Mona Freeman ... Miriam Wilkins

Edward Arnold ... Judge Harry Wilkins

Billy De Wolfe ... Albert Kummer (as Billy DeWolfe)
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Edie Wilkins
Virginia Welles ... Martha Seacroft
Kenny O'Morrison ... Sgt. Chuck Vincent
Marietta Canty ... Dora
Irving Bacon ... Delivery Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Dundee ... Harold Klobbermeyer (uncredited)
Jay Gerard ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Teaker (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Directed by
William D. Russell 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Sheekman (screenplay)

Norman Krasna (play)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Emmett Dolan 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Sydney Moore  (as Syd Moore)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Oscar Rudolph .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Camp .... props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
William Thayer .... sound recordist
Joel Moss .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Music Department
Charles Bradshaw .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Although it is thought by some that J.D. Salinger got the name for his hero Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye" when he saw a marquee for Dear Ruth (1947), starring 'William Holden' and Joan Caulfield, Salinger's first Holden Caulfield story, "I'm Crazy," appeared in Collier's on December 22, 1945, a year and a half before this movie came out.See more »
Quotes:
Miriam Wilkins:[on phone] I'll talk to you later. A prominent member of the last generation just walked in.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Dear Brat (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
FINE THINGSSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
THE SUPPORTING CAST....... .. DE WOLFE/FREEMAN/ARNOLD, 23 April 1999
Author: gary renfield (gary_renfield@email.com) from NEW JERSEY, USA

Wonderful performances by all. Marvelously executed comedy. For those who don't already know, J.D. Salinger, the author, spotted the movie marquee heralding the stars of this movie, William Holden and Joan Caulfield. Thus, the inspiration for his character's name in "Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield.

Looking to the supporting cast, Billy de Wolfe gets to play the same character (or is it really him?),he always plays, prissy and particular. De Wolfe never fails comedically and is a major factor in taking this film over the top. The 2 sequels, Dear Wife and Dear Brat, were showcases for him. Even in the 1960's TV sitcom "Good Morning World", with Joby Baker and Ronnie Schell, de Wolfe's signature character still brought laughs.

Now, to Mona Freeman. Although she never achieved major stardom, or any stardom in adulthood, she carved a nice niche for herself playing the precocious teenager in many films. Freeman made enough of a mark in her day to be immortalized (caricatured) in cartoons, just like the more recognize-able Bogey and Bing. Think about it, yup, that was her.

In Dear Ruth, Freeman was ever the volunteer or manipulator. She ends up as a very positive female role model. Even more so because of the "place" of women in the 1940's. She was a very talented young lady. Freeman's interaction with her dad, Edward Arnold, is universal and timeless. A fine performance by Arnold "squeezes" all the humor out of what should be typical and predictable dad/daughter(s) comedy. Arnold was the perfect choice for the dad.

This was a very funny ensemble performance. It's great family entertainment. Dear Ruth was deserving of 2 sequels....

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