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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 - Butler
Frank Jenks ... Joe -- Theater Prompter
Eve Arden ... Cora Phelps
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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 See more »

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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 »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Margaret Sullavan was originally set to play the role of Kay Martin. 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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What did John and Diana think?
17 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Watching Adolph Menjou, Andrea Leeds, and Eve Arden you might have thought you came in on some restored scenes from Stage Door. All three were in that classic and all three star in Letter Of Introduction.

Adolph Menjou is a John Barrymore type actor, once a great stage actor, but who lately has been doing a lot of mediocre films has returned to New York with an unknown future. Andrea Leeds has a Letter Of Introduction from her mother for him and Menjou discovers that despite being married our times and about to go for number five it's with the author of the letter with whom he has a daughter.

Who wants to be an actress. The rather arrogant Menjou discovers a tender side when he discovers fatherhood. His scenes with Leeds have some real poignancy to them. Menjou who could ham it up outrageously when called for is most subdued and effective here. The two keep the relationship a secret and it's rumored that Menjou snagged himself some new young quail. All rather disconcerting to George Murphy who Leeds has been seeing.

Both Murphy and Leeds live in a boardinghouse not unlike the one in Stage Door. Among the other residents are Eve Arden in an Eve Arden type part, Ann Sheridan, and Edgar Bergen&Charlie McCarthy&Mortimer Snerd. Bergen and his wooden alter egos supply the comedy.

No doubt John and Diana Barrymore saw Letter Of Introduction. Wonder what they thought? No matter what they thought the film is a good one.


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