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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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Promise! You won't peek-and-tell... the ending! See more »

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3 February 1949 (USA)  »

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A Letter to Five Wives  »

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Linda Darnell later filmed another movie directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, No Way Out (1950). See more »

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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Deborah is reading the note, 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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Deborah Bishop: Why is it that sooner or later no matter what we talk about... we wind up talking about Addie Ross?
Addie Ross: [off voice] Maybe it's because if you girls didn't talk about me you wouldn't talk at all.
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Crazy Eddie
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Music by Charles Henderson
Lyrics by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Excellent cast, but an even better script
21 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

You have here a situation that is rarer than you might imagine-a top-notch cast with an even better script. This is a delightful film with fine performances all around and some of the best dialogue! Strangely, none of the cast were nominated for their work here, although three were nominated for other performances in other films they did that year. The script deservedly won an Oscar as did the director. This is a joy to watch and the voice-over narration is perfectly handled throughout. Highly recommended!


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