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Letter of Introduction (1938)

Approved | | Comedy , Drama | 5 August 1938 (USA)
An aging actor, about to marry for the fourth time, is surprised when a young woman, who is the daughter he never knew he had, appears with a "letter of introduction". It seems that she is ... See full summary »

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John M. Stahl

Writers:

Bernice Boone (story), Sheridan Gibney | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... John Mannering
Andrea Leeds ... Katherine 'Kay' Martin
George Murphy ... Barry Paige
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy - Dummy
Rita Johnson ... Honey
Ann Sheridan ... Lydia Hoyt
Ernest Cossart ... Andrews --utler
Frank Jenks ... Joe -- Theater Prompter
Eve Arden ... Cora Phelps
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Storyline

An aging actor, about to marry for the fourth time, is surprised when a young woman, who is the daughter he never knew he had, appears with a "letter of introduction". It seems that she is an actress and is trying to make it on Broadway. He tries to establish a relationship with her but finds it difficult to tell the world of their true relationship. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com, A.Nonymous

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Truly Great Entertainment - Great in theme...great in cast...and the great scalawag Charlie McCarthy

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aanbevelingsbrief See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Mannering (Adolphe Menjou) is said to have a nickname of "The Great Lover". To audiences of the 1930s, this would provide the character with the standing of a great actor, like John Barrymore who was known as "The Great Profile". Mannering is also a major star of stage and screen, like Barrymore was. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Bergen: I don't think that's very funny.
Charlie McCarthy: You don't?
Edgar Bergen: No.
Charlie McCarthy: Well then, why did you make me say it?
Edgar Bergen: Oh, I see.
Charlie McCarthy: [Aside] That kills him, yes.
[to Bergen]
Charlie McCarthy: Uh, you're not so clever either, Mr. Bergen.
Edgar Bergen: Oh, I'm not?
Charlie McCarthy: No, I can see your lips move.
[...]
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Adolphe Menjou Opens the Stage Door for Andrea Leeds
13 June 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

As her New York apartment building burns, pretty Andrea Leeds (as Katherine "Kay" Martin) retrieves the important "Letter of Introduction" which confirms her parentage. Fellow resident ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (as Edgar Bergen) rescues companion Charlie McCarthy from a future as firewood. Neighborly George Murphy (as Barry Paige) helps Ms. Leeds out of the fire, and reveals he enjoyed peeping at her toil over her frying pan, with a watering mouth. Leeds enjoys kissing Mr. Murphy, but wants to concentrate on her aspiring stage career. Leeds brings her "Letter of Introduction" to Barrymore-like acting Adolphe Menjou (as John Mannering), who is her long-lost father. As his curtain closes, Mr. Menjou helps Leeds to Broadway. Not essential, but fun in its way.

****** Letter of Introduction (8/5/38) John M. Stahl ~ Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, Edgar Bergen, George Murphy


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