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A Letter for Evie (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | 28 January 1946 (USA)
An oafish soldier receives a shirt but disregards the letter inside sent by a lovelorn secretary, prompting his bumbling friend to impersonate him in order to win her heart.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Blanche Brace (story "The Adventure of a Ready Letter Writer"), DeVallon Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marsha Hunt ... Evie O'Connor
John Carroll ... Edgar 'Wolf' Larson
Hume Cronyn ... John Phineas McPherson
Spring Byington ... Mrs. McPherson
Pamela Britton ... Barney Lee
Norman Lloyd ... DeWitt Pynchon
Percival Vivian Percival Vivian ... Mr. McPherson
Donald Curtis ... Capt. Budlowe
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Edgewaters
Robin Raymond ... Eloise Edgewaters
Therese Lyon Therese Lyon ... Mrs. Jackson
Lynn Whitney Lynn Whitney ... Miss Jenkins
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Storyline

Evie's co-workers at the uniform shirt factory, and her almost-fiancée's inability to kiss, inspire her to slip a letter into a size sixteen-and-a-half shirt for some anonymous soldier. It's received by "Wolf" Larson, who immediately throws it away, but his sensitive, dreaming--and short--buddy John McPherson snags it, and begins a correspondence with Evie, pretending to be Wolf. But things get complicated when Evie wants to meet her tall, handsome soldier. And even more complicated when Wolf sees Evie and likes what he sees. Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Carta para Eva See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Monday 21 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Friday 27 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it first aired 16 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it finally made its television debut 16 December 1960 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Remake of Don't Write Letters (1922) See more »

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Cyrano de Bergerac ala WWII
10 January 2015 | by rebekahroxSee all my reviews

Why wasn't Marsha Hunt a bigger star? What a sweetie! And what a smile! Really well written take on the mistaken identity romantic comedy. The scene with the great Spring Byington where Johnny's identity was finally revealed went from laugh out loud funny to sad and touching. And the scene with Evie on the bed weeping her confusion when she finally learns the truth was equally well done: both by script writer and Marsha Hunt. Hume Cronyn was perfect. Who would have thought the actor so often cast as a weaselly villain could be such a romantic hero? I loved the last scene where Johnny heroically tries to "Tell her what she wants to hear" ends at last with the romantic resolution. By the way, that scene at the rest home with the friend of the dead soldier added a bit of depth not usually expected in such a generally frothy romance. Another example of how well this was written and played.


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