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Dear Ruth (1947)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 10 June 1947 (USA)
A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.

Director:

William D. Russell

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (screenplay), Norman Krasna (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Caulfield ... Ruth Wilkins
William Holden ... Lt. William Seacroft
Mona Freeman ... Miriam Wilkins
Edward Arnold ... Judge Harry Wilkins
Billy De Wolfe ... Albert Kummer (as Billy DeWolfe)
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Edie Wilkins
Virginia Welles ... Martha Seacroft
Kevin O'Morrison ... Sgt. Chuck Vincent (as Kenny O'Morrison)
Marietta Canty ... Dora
Irving Bacon ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

A normal day in the Wilkins family: reticent beauty Ruth, crusty judge father, petition-happy political activist teen Miriam. Who should show up but Ruth's soldier pen pal Bill Seacroft...whom she doesn't know about. It seems Miriam used her sister's name and picture to build up wartime morale. Ruth reluctantly agrees to "humor" Bill for his 2-day leave, though she's just become engaged to her stuffy suitor Albert. Can Miriam's cloud castle last the weekend without crashing to earth? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It Had to Be a Movie...Cause They Ran Out of Theatres to Show the Play!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Querida Ruth See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lt. Seacroft wears on his shoulder the insignia of the 15th U.S. Army Air Force which saw action in the Mediterranean and European Theaters during WWII, primarily from bases in Italy after that country was liberated by the Allies. See more »

Goofs

In the last 10 minutes, William Holden forgets that the character's name of Mona Freeman is "Miriam" and he says "Mariam" See more »

Quotes

Miriam Wilkins: The game of man and woman maneuvering in pursuit of a mate I consider on the mental level of a game of checkers.
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Followed by Dear Brat (1951) See more »

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FINE THINGS
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Krasna does it again
14 February 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I saw this movie many years ago and hardly remember anything, except loving it. Here is what I wrote in my diary:

"One of the most delightful comedies I have ever seen. I was in awe of the writer's wit and wisdom. The moral of the movie is that the greatest duty is the duty to oneself, the duty to be happy, to do as one pleases, not as one should, for the "shoulds" are nothing but other people's opinions."

At the time I didn't know the writer was Norman Krasna. Eventually, he would become one of my favorites. A Krasna movie is guaranteed excellence. His sense of humor and dignity never fail. Of course, one needs some of his smarts to understand him.


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