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The Letter ()


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The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

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Leslie Crosbie
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Robert Crosbie
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Howard Joyce
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Dorothy Joyce
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Mrs. Hammond
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John Withers
Elizabeth Inglis ...
Adele Ainsworth (as Elizabeth Earl)
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Prescott
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Ong Chi Seng (as Sen Yung)
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Mrs. Cooper
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Chung Hi
Tetsu Komai ...
Head Boy
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Roland Got ...
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Robert's Friend at Bar at Party (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ...
Bob's Friend (uncredited)
Pete G. Katchenaro ...
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Robert's Friend at Bar (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ...
Man at Trial (uncredited)
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Fred (uncredited)
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Geoffrey Hammond (uncredited)
Thomas Pogue ...
Juror #10 (uncredited)
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Driver (uncredited)
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Well Wisher (uncredited)
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Man at Trial (uncredited)
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Bartender at Party (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Wyler

Written by

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W. Somerset Maugham ... (by)
 
Howard Koch ... (screen play)

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Robert Lord ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... executive producer
William Wyler ... A William Wyler Production

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Max Steiner

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Tony Gaudio ... director of photography

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George Amy
Warren Low

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Carl Jules Weyl

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Orry-Kelly ... (gowns)

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Gordon Bau ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jack L. Warner ... in charge of production
Robert Ross ... unit manager (uncredited)

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Chuck Hansen ... assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Dolph Thomas ... sound

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer ... orchestral arrangements

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John Villasin ... technical advisor
Louis Vincenot ... technical advisor
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Plot Summary

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense. Her poise, graciousness and stoicism impress nearly everyone who meets her. Her husband is certainly without doubt; so is the district officer; while her lawyer's doubts may be a natural skepticism. But this is Singapore and the resentful natives will have no compunction about undermining this accused murderess. A letter in her hand turns up and may prove her undoing. Written by J. Spurlin

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Taglines With all my heart I still love the man I killed See more »
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Also Known As
  • La lettre (France)
  • Das Geheimnis von Malampur (Germany)
  • La carta (Spain)
  • Kirje (Finland)
  • La lettre (Belgium, French title)
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  • 95 min
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Trivia After shooting was completed, William Wyler watched a rough cut and decided that he wanted the character of Leslie to be more sympathetic. He ordered some re-writes and planned to shoot them. Bette Davis recalled - "I was heartbroken," she said, "as I felt, after reading the rewrites, that my performance could be ruined with these additions. I asked Willie if I could see the film before doing the retakes. To my horror I was crying at myself at the end of the showing. There was dead silence in the projection room when the lights came up. I said, 'If we film these retakes, we will lose the intelligent audience. It is impossible to please everyone with any one film. If we try to accomplish this, we can lose all audiences.' Plus, to my shame, even though I played the part, I deeply sympathized with Leslie Crosbie. We only made one small addition to the original film. Wyler had agreed with me. Thank God!" See more »
Goofs The motor vehicles throughout are all left-hand drive. In Singapore traffic drives on the left and all vehicles there are right-hand drive. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). See more »
Quotes Leslie: With all my heart, I still love the man I killed.
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