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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 20 January 1949 (USA)
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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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All of them wondered while one of them wandered! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 January 1949 (USA)  »

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A Letter to Five Wives  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paul Douglas was so nervous making his first film that he sweat constantly during his scenes, prompting the wardrobe department to keep changing his shirt. See more »

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When the train first goes by Finney's house, a can bounces around and eventually falls over on a shelf. After Lora Mae walks into the room, the can is standing upright. See more »

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Sadie: Look, I don't teach you about teachin'. Don't teach me about ducks.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Chi mi frena in tal momento?
(uncredited)
aka "Sextet"
From "Lucia di Lammermoor"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Played on the phonograph at Porter's house
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Excellent cast, but an even better script

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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