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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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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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References Wuthering Heights (1939) See more »

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David and Goliath
15 January 2012 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Marsha Hunt (Evie) works for a company that makes shirts for soldiers. After witnessing a fellow worker finding true love after slipping a note into a shirt consignment and communicating with an unknown man in uniform - he turns up at the office one day and they walk off together for a life of romance - she tries the same trick. She picks a shirt size - size 16 1/2 collar, writes a note, slips it into the pocket and waits to see what happens. John Carroll (Wolf) gets the shirt but isn't interested and throws the note away. However, his buddy Hume Cronyn (Johnny), who is a lot smaller than Carroll, retrieves the letter and starts to correspond with Hunt. What will happen when Cronyn comes face to face with Hunt, after all, he is not what she is expecting. Cronyn decides to pretend to be someone else and so begins a series of misunderstandings.

The film moves along nicely and the cast are good, particularly Hunt and Cronyn. Occasionally, Carroll mangles his words but you can still make out what he is saying. It's a heart-warming romance peppered with light humour and it succeeds as we find ourselves rooting for the small guy.


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