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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | February 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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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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February 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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General Douglas MacArthur was so confused by the ending that he had his aide write Joseph L. Mankiewicz a letter asking with whom Addie had, in fact, run off. See more »

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About 20 minutes into the film, Brad Bishop and his wife Deborah Bishop are drinking martinis in their bedroom, which are dark colored in the B&W film. Moments later, when Rita Phipps pours two drinks out of the same pitcher, the martinis are light colored. However, when Phipps hands Deborah her drink, she consumes a dark colored drink from her glass. See more »

Quotes

Lora Mae Hollingsway: I've got very definite ideas.
Porter Hollingsway: Like what?
Lora Mae Hollingsway: There's never been anybody in particular. Nobody special.
Porter Hollingsway: Plenty that wanted to, I'll bet.
Lora Mae Hollingsway: What do you think?
Porter Hollingsway: That you've been waiting for that one guy to come along.
Lora Mae Hollingsway: I got very definite ideas.
Porter Hollingsway: What's he got to be like, this one guy?
Lora Mae Hollingsway: Someone who wants to marry me more than anything else in the world.
Porter Hollingsway: You sure got wrong ideas about things.
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Referenced in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

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Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83
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Music by Johannes Brahms
Played at the Phipps dinner party
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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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