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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 2017, Marsha Hunt and Norman Lloyd, who share the first scene of this film, are still living. Both are centenarians. See more »

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References Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) See more »

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Rewriting Cyrano
29 January 2016 | by Dan-13See all my reviews

This charming comedy caught me completely by surprise. Though the story borrows from "Cyrano de Bergerac," director Jules Dassin puts a modern comedic spin on it, and is ably assisted thanks to a knockout comedy performance by Hume Cronyn. In it, Cronyn plays a soldier who writes to a working girl Marsha Hunt, but sends her a photo of his handsome Lothario buddy (John Carroll). Hunt is lovely as Evie, and it's easy to see why Cronyn would fall for her. The movie also didn't end exactly as I expected, which was another pleasant surprise. TCM seems to be the only place to find this movie, so eye its schedule for an upcoming showing. Definitely worth seeking it, especially for Cronyn, who is brilliant in this film.


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