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The Unfaithful (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1947 (USA)
A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

David Goodis (original screenplay), James Gunn (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Chris Hunter
Lew Ayres ... Larry Hannaford
Zachary Scott ... Bob Hunter
Eve Arden ... Paula
Jerome Cowan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Steven Geray ... Martin Barrow
John Hoyt ... Det. Lieut. Reynolds
Peggy Knudsen ... Claire
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Mrs. Tanner
Douglas Kennedy ... Roger
Claire Meade Claire Meade ... Martha
Frances Morris ... Agnes
Jane Harker ... Joan
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Storyline

Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating statue he created. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If she were yours, could you forgive? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehebruch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,822,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,939,000, 31 December 1947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,972,000, 31 December 1947
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Letter" (and adapted for this film) by W. Somerset Maugham opened at the Morosco Theater on September 26, 1927 and ran for 104 performances. See more »

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Quotes

Paula: [as she hands a cup of coffee to Bob] There you are. It may not be good, but it's strong.
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Connections

Version of The Letter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Night
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Music by Charles Henderson
Heard in the restaurant
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Fine remake of William Wyler's 'The Letter.'
13 July 2001 | by haroldg-2See all my reviews

THE UNFAITHFUL (1947), is director Vincent Sherman's 1947 loose remake of the 1940 William Wyler/Bette Davis classic, THE LETTER.

Glamorous Ann Sheridan stars as a woman who kills an intruder in her home, and then tries to hide the fact that the man had once been her lover from her husband and the police. There's one problem; the dead man had been a sculptor, and his widow has possession of a bust he had sculpted which Sheridan had obviously modeled for.

Sheridan is excellent as the loving wife who, out of loneliness during her husbands tour of duty in WWII, gave into temptation and an adulterous affair, then with her attorney (Lew Ayers) makes a desperate effort to retrieve the incriminating object before her husband (Zachary Scott) finds out the truth.

Neither Ayers or Scott have ever set the screen on fire for me, and that holds true here as well. But they're both always competent actors, and they give fine support to Miss Sheridan's gutsy performance in one of her better Warner Brothers star vehicles.

Eve Arden also has several memorable scenes as a gossiping relative.

It's not the classic film that THE LETTER is, but still a well made and highly entertaining Hollywood drama worth seeing.


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