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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 3 February 1949 (USA)
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one.

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Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her school teacher husband does. Deborah Bishop looked great in a Navy uniform in WWII but fears she'll never be dressed just right for the Country Club set. These three wives are boarding a boat filled with children going on a picnic when a messenger on a bicycle hands them a letter addressed to all three from Addie who has just left town with one of their husbands. They won't know which one until that night. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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3 February 1949 (USA)  »

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A Letter to Five Wives  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 20, 1950 with Paul Douglas and Linda Darnell reprising their film roles. See more »

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At 1 hour 32 minutes, the subtitles say "Addie's voice". However, if you listen to the commentary, you find that it is questionable as to whether that was Addie's voice. This makes a difference in deciding which husband ran off with Addie. See more »

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Sadie: The cap's out. Makes me look like a lamb chop with pants on.
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Referenced in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

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Sparkling comedy with one of the wittiest scripts ever...
14 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest and truest commentaries on married life is set into motion when the three wives receive a letter stating that the town siren has run off with one of their husbands--but which one? Flashbacks trace the course of three stories in one--along with witty dialog and comic situations that keep you entertained from beginning to end. All of the principals are excellent--but if I had to choose the favorite couple it would have to be Paul Douglas and Linda Darnell. Why they weren't both at least nominated for Oscars, I'll never understand. Darnell, in particular, more noted for being a great beauty than a great actress, has some of the wittiest lines in the movie and gets them across with slambang effect. Her Lora Mae Hollingsway just about steals the film in some of the funniest, yet poignant moments in the whole story. Paul Douglas is superb opposite her, as are Thelma Ritter and Connie Gilchrist as two outspoken bystanders. Not far behind are Ann Sothern and Kirk Douglas as the squabbling couple whose marriage is falling apart because of her financial success as a soap opera writer vs. his non-lucrative teaching career. Only sequences that fail to register strongly are those between Jeanne Crain and Jeffrey Lynn--lacking the wit of the other stories. The lines and situations get more hilarious as the film goes on and by the end you've seen one of the most richly satisfying comedies ever about the ups and downs of domestic bliss. Fully deserved its Oscars for best screenplay and direction.


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