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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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A Letter to Five Wives  »

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Porter's car that he takes Lora out in is a 1947 Lincoln Club coupe. Only 831 were made that year. It had a V12 engine. In 2016, at auction and in excellent condition, this car can fetch upwards of $50,000. See more »

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For Deborah's car's exterior shots, a Ford was used, but for the interior shots it's a Mercury. The cars are very similar, but note the "Mercury" on the glove box, and the difference in the dashboards when Rita runs up to the car for a few seconds. See more »

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Rita Phipps: Pardon my fingers.
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Referenced in George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) See more »

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A film that is both humorous and thoughtful, a delight.
9 March 2004 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

A Letter to Three Wives has a stellar cast with Ann Southern, Jeanne Craine, Linda Darnell, Paul Douglas, and Kirk Douglas. Any one of those actors would assure the viewer of a terrific performance. All of them together creates one of the first ensemble casts that are so popular today as in ER or Friends. Ann Southern is great as she plays off of Kirk Douglas and Thelma Ritter. Just looking at Linda Darnell makes watching the movie worthwhile. She was one of the most beautiful women who ever acted in a motion picture. Paul Douglas plays his usual rough and tumble character with a heart of gold. The premise is that a group of friends has one female who has the attention of all the men, and all the stares of the women. One day when the three wives are working on a volunteer project with some children when they receive a special delivery letter from the target of their stares. In the letter the woman states that she is moving away and will never return, and she is taking one of their husbands with her. The women then think about how easily it could be each one of their husbands. It's a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon, and boy will it surprise your wife when you watch it with her. She won't know what to think.


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