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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".

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Mary Rider
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Sam Hurrin
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Ann Rider
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David
Reginald Tate ...
Rev. Rider
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Sucal Hurrin
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Len Griffin
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Badham
Athole Stewart ...
Colonel Cashelton
Mary Hinton ...
Mrs. Cashelton
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Peter Cashelton
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Connie Fateley
Wally Patch ...
Mr. Suggs
Ella Retford ...
Mrs. Suggs
Jean Clyde ...
Mrs. Griffin
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A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

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27 January 1940 (UK)  »

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Cartas que Matam  »

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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2). Its initial telecast took place Friday 13 May 1949. In Los Angeles it first aired Wednesday 5 October 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13). Although this film had been released theatrically in the USA in 1941 by Republic Pictures, in an edited format, these were also the USA premieres of the complete, original version. See more »

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All star cast lifts this period B yarn.
15 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

More stars just for the star quality of the cast.

Enjoyable 'who-dunnit-' featuring some very well known faces from UK's stage and screen. Even a young Roddy McDowall sneaks into shot, as an un-credited choirboy! Other minor roles include Kenneth Conner connecting with the audience as a local telephone receptionist.

Even the delightful comedienne Esma Cannon has a small part (Mrs. Cannon). Don't know the name? Google it, you'll know exactly who I mean.

In fact, anyone who had any kind of contact with this movie went on to have successful acting careers.

By today's story-telling standards, the outcome does seem a bit obvious but that minor flaw is over-ruled by the magnificent performance of the guilty party.

Some fun moments include when the whole nosy crowd of villages gatecrash the post office and gather round to listen in on a phone call all the way from... Australia!

There is also some sharp dialog shared between the dancers at the charity shindig in aid of church restoration.

A must for film buffs but probably not so much for casual film watchers.


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