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Arthur Sheekman (screenplay)
Norman Krasna (play)
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Release Date:
10 June 1947 (USA) See more »
It Had to Be a Movie...Cause They Ran Out of Theatres to Show the Play!
Ruth Wilkins discovers that her teenaged sister used her name in a torrid correspondence with soldier Bill Seacroft. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Actress Mona Freeman Dies at 87
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a serviceman tries to look up his pen pal from WW!! See more (11 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Miriam Wilkins:[on phone] I'll talk to you later. A prominent member of the last generation just walked in.See more »
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Followed by Dear Wife (1949)See more »


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a serviceman tries to look up his pen pal from WW!!, 10 November 2006
Author: mjo6452 from United States

what a wonderful movie and how handsome does that William Holden look?? a love story i can see repeated in some modern movies too such as "you've got mail".....i wonder how many times letters were written during the war under false pretenses....its story plot is simple: Ruth's younger sibling writes letters to a serviceman in her name and he learns to care for her...Ruth losing her heart in spite of herself seems to sum it all up...

would love to have a copy but the movie never seems to be around... i have a grainy VCR recording of it from the eighties..would love to see it on DVD..

Joan Caulfield (not a particularly gifted actress in my opinion) shines in this performance and i laugh at Billy DeWolfe's antics each time i see him.

i guess i long for a simpler time of life, though i imagine those who lived through WWII would say i was crazy..i cannot believe i found this site and that others enjoyed the movie too!!! i have an original program from the play also....

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