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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

The stage production opened on Broadway December 13, 1944 at Henry Miller's Theatre, where it ran for 680 performances. The cast included John Dall as Bill, Virginia Gilmore as Ruth, Lenore Lonergan as Miriam and Phyllis Povah as Mrs. Wilkins. Dall would soon achieve Hollywood stardom in The Corn is Green (1945) and Rope (1948), while Lonergan was prominently featured in Westward the Women (1951). See more »

Goofs

Lt. Seacroft wears the insignia of the 15th U.S. Army Air Force and states that he is a Bombardier on a B-26 (Marauder). However there were no B-26 Bombardment Groups assigned to the 15th USAAF. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Edie Wilkins: Well, I'm only interested in his reaction to the war. I skip the personal things.
Judge Wilkins: How do you know they're personal, if you don't read them?
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Followed by Dear Wife (1949) See more »

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Her bit for morale
29 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

On Broadway Dear Ruth by Norman Krasna debuted on December 13, 1944 and ran for 680 performances until 1946. By the time it got to the silver screen there certainly were enough people in the audiences who got all the wartime references in the story though peace had been around for two years at that point.

John Dall and Virginia Gilmore starred on Broadway and in the film their roles were played by William Holden and Joan Caulfield. If there ever was a 'smiling Jim' role for Bill Holden as he liked to call the nice guy parts he was stuck typecast in the Forties this part in Dear Ruth is the quintessential. He even played this same part in a sequel entitled Dear Wife and virtually the same type part in Apartment For Peggy.

Caulfield is the eldest of two daughters of Edward Arnold and Mary Phillips. The youngest is a rebellious bobby soxer played by Mona Freeman. To do her bit for the morale Freeman wrote a letter to an unknown soldier Holden who was in the Army Air Corps. They become soul mates in the correspondence, but he encloses a picture of Caulfield and signs her name to it. Not pleasing to Caulfield and even less to her 4F co-worker Billy DeWolfe.

After that they see the earnest and idealistic Holden and the whole family just can't let him down when he surprises her with a 48 hour pass visit. She goes through with the masquerade, even DeWolfe reluctantly agrees.

The film is cute and has some laughs, but really if a woman had a chase between the Bills, Holden and DeWolfe who do you really think she would choose?


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