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Poison Pen (1939)

A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".


Paul L. Stein




Cast overview, first billed only:
Flora Robson ... Mary Rider
Robert Newton ... Sam Hurrin
Ann Todd ... Ann Rider
Geoffrey Toone ... David
Reginald Tate ... Rev. Rider
Belle Chrystall ... Sucal Hurrin
Edward Chapman ... Len Griffin
Edward Rigby ... Badham
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Colonel Cashelton
Mary Hinton ... Mrs. Cashelton
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Peter Cashelton
Catherine Lacey ... Connie Fateley
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Mr. Suggs
Ella Retford Ella Retford ... Mrs. Suggs
Jean Clyde Jean Clyde ... Mrs. Griffin


A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

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This is one of about three dozen British movies picked up by CBS in 1949 for U.S. television presentation; its initial telecast took place in New York City, New York on Friday, May 13, 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). It first aired in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, August 20, 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday October 5, 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 1, 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). Although this movie had been released theatrically in the U.S. in 1941 by Republic Pictures, in an edited format, these were also the U.S. premieres of the complete, original version. See more »


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Poison Pen
9 October 2016 | by mcannady1See all my reviews

A gripping melodrama with an excellent cast. Though I began to have an inkling of the denouement toward the end, it was still an exciting film.

Great performances by all. Happy to see Flora Robson in another great film and Robert Newton and Ann Todd are always wonderful to see.

The story has pathos, romance, and melodrama. At the end of the film we are truly affected by the story of malice and its outcome as the Vicar attempts to calm the congregation and restore peace within the community.

As a big fan of British films of the 30's through the 50's, it was really fun to see all the familiar names at the beginning. The supporting actors and actresses are icing on the cake!

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27 January 1940 (UK) See more »

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