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Writers:
Vera Caspary (adaptation)
John Klempner (Cosmopolitan Magazine novel)
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Release Date:
20 January 1949 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All of them wondered while one of them wandered! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An Interesting, Well-Written Story See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Crain ... Deborah Bishop

Linda Darnell ... Lora Mae Hollingsway

Ann Sothern ... Rita Phipps

Kirk Douglas ... George Phipps

Paul Douglas ... Porter Hollingsway
Barbara Lawrence ... Georgiana 'Babe' Finney
Jeffrey Lynn ... Bradford 'Brad' Bishop
Connie Gilchrist ... Mrs. Ruby Finney
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Manleigh
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Manleigh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Adamson ... Porter's Butler (uncredited)
Joe Bautista ... Thomasino (uncredited)
Patti Brady ... Kathleen (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Bookie Dancer at Country Club (uncredited)
John Davidson ... John, First Waiter (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Country Club Member (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Second Waiter (uncredited)

Celeste Holm ... Addie Ross (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Old Man at Table (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Country Club Member (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Miss Jenkins (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Nicholas 'Nick' Butler (uncredited)

Thelma Ritter ... Sadie Dugan (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Headwaiter at Country Club (uncredited)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Leo, Second Messenger (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Radio Announcer for 'Confessions of Brenda' (voice) (uncredited)
John Venn ... First Messenger (uncredited)
Ruth Vivian ... Miss Hawkins (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
 
Writing credits
Vera Caspary (adaptation)

John Klempner (Cosmopolitan Magazine novel)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller  (as Arthur Miller)
 
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Kay Nelson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaston Glass .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Logan Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerry Milligan .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestral arranger (as Edward Powell)
 
Other crew
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #13227) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
To get the proper look of derision from Linda Darnell in the scene where she stares at a photo of Addie, director Joseph L. Mankiewicz used a picture of Otto Preminger, the director who had given Darnell such a hard time on the set of Forever Amber (1947).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The wives pull up to the dock and park their cars pointing at the boat. On their return from the day cruise, the cars have been turned around and are now facing the exit.See more »
Quotes:
Lora Mae Hollingsway:[amused by Sadie's maid uniform] Sadie Dugan, what are you supposed to be, Baby Snooks?
Sadie:Hiya Lora Mae.
Lora Mae Hollingsway:Get a load of that cap - I can't wait to tell Ma!
Rita Phipps:Lora Mae, would you sit there please?
Porter Hollingsway:Come on, sit down.
Sadie:There's a couple of things I could tell your Ma about you too.
Mrs. Manleigh:This great situation belongs in a true-to-life drama - are you two related?
Lora Mae Hollingsway:No we just had the same governess.
Sadie:[laughing] Ya kill me!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83See more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
An Interesting, Well-Written Story, 1 September 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Though based on a relatively simple idea, "A Letter to Three Wives" is an interesting and well-written story. The cast and the rest of the production are good as well, but it is primarily the carefully written story that makes it work. Joseph Mankiewicz's screenplay does not necessarily have flashy dialogue or lots of surprises, but rather creates well-defined and believable characters, and puts them into an unusual situation, which he then develops at a good pace.

The opening sequences pull you right into the story, introducing the characters efficiently and then setting up the predicament in which the three wives find themselves as a result of the letter from their absent friend. None of the characters are especially interesting as individuals, but all are believable, and you certainly care about what will happen to them. The cast make their characters work together quite well, and there are quite a few good moments. The unseen Addie Ross is also as much a part of the story as any of the others, and her narration is used effectively.

The story moves along smoothly, almost logically, as things are resolved in an unspectacular but satisfying fashion. It's the kind of well-crafted feature that may not dazzle many of today's viewers, but that makes good use of every opportunity.

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