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Letter from an Unknown Woman ()


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A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.

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Lisa Berndle
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Stefan Brand
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Frau Berndle
Marcel Journet ...
Johann Stauffer
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John
Carol Yorke ...
Marie
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Herr Kastner
John Good ...
Lt. Leopold von Kaltnegger
Leo B. Pessin ...
Stefan Jr.
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Porter
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Concierge
Sonja Bryden ...
Frau Spitzer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Pretty (uncredited)
Harry Anderson ...
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Edit Angold ...
Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
Joe Ardao ...
Small man (uncredited)
Lois Austin ...
Elderly Woman (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ...
Passenger (uncredited)
John T. Bambury ...
Midget (uncredited)
George Blagoi ...
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Frau Kohner (uncredited)
Walter Bonn ...
Col. Kohner (uncredited)
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Mover (uncredited)
Roy Bross ...
Porter (uncredited)
Robert W. Brown ...
1st Officer (uncredited)
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Concierge (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ...
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Donald Chaffin ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ...
Street Singer (uncredited)
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Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Tom Costello ...
Musician (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ...
Callow Youth (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ...
Large Woman Exiting Spitzer's (uncredited)
Watson Downs ...
Conductor (uncredited)
Tay Dunn ...
Young Officer (uncredited)
Al Eben ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Edwin Fowler ...
Dancing Master (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ...
Butler (uncredited)
Lorraine Gale ...
Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Collector (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Inquisitive Man at Train Depot (uncredited)
Jack George ...
Opera Critic (uncredited)
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Musician (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ...
Elderly Man in Uniform (uncredited)
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Bürgermeister (uncredited)
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Ticket-Taker (uncredited)
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Mover (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ...
Col. Steindorf (uncredited)
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Nun (uncredited)
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Frau Spitzer's Patron (uncredited)
Doretta Johnson ...
Girlfriend (uncredited)
Joseph Kamaryt ...
Bavarian Mountaineer (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
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Station Attendant (uncredited)
William A. Lee ...
Mover (uncredited)
Arthur Lovejoy ...
Footman (uncredited)
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Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Michael Mark ...
Café Customer (uncredited)
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Store Helper (uncredited)
Betty McDonough ...
(uncredited)
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Concert Footman (uncredited)
Hal Melone ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Carriage Driver (uncredited)
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Man on Streetcar (uncredited)
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Daughter (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ...
Older Man at Concert (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ...
Officer on Street (uncredited)
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Concert Footman (uncredited)
Blanche Obronska ...
Young Woman (uncredited)
Manuel París ...
Baron's Second (uncredited)
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Moving Man (uncredited)
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Maid (uncredited)
Peggy Remington ...
(uncredited)
Bruce Riley ...
Officer (uncredited)
Paul Rochin ...
Bavarian Man (uncredited)
Countess Elektra Rozanska ...
Elegant Lady (uncredited)
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Stefan's Friend at Café (uncredited)
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Stefan's Second (uncredited)
Bill Schroff ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ...
Frau Mombert (uncredited)
Jamesson Shade ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Critic (uncredited)
Guy L. Shaw ...
Café Patron (uncredited)
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Panorama Operator (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ...
Coachman (uncredited)
Helen Spring ...
Middle-Aged Woman (uncredited)
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Musician (uncredited)
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Mother Superior (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ...
Girlfriend (uncredited)
Vera Stokes ...
Girlfriend (uncredited)
Frieda Stoll ...
Burgermeister's Wife (uncredited)
Paul Peter Szemere ...
Mover (uncredited)
William Trenk ...
Fritzel (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ...
Musician (uncredited)
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Stefan's Second (uncredited)
Tyra Vaughn ...
Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
William Vedder ...
Street Singer (uncredited)
Erich von Schilling ...
Usher (uncredited)
Max Willenz ...
Baggage Man (uncredited)
Gabrielle Windsor ...
Ballet Girl (uncredited)
Herbert Winters ...
Student (uncredited)
June Wood ...
Cashier (uncredited)
Judith Woodbury ...
Model (uncredited)
Jack Worth ...
Officer (uncredited)
Mary Worth ...
Musician (uncredited)

Directed by

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Max Ophüls ... (as Max Opuls)

Written by

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Howard Koch ... (screenplay)
 
Stefan Zweig ... (novella)
 
Max Ophüls ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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John Houseman ... producer
Nate Blumberg ... producer (uncredited)
William Dozier ... executive producer (uncredited)
Joan Fontaine ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Daniele Amfitheatrof

Cinematography by

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Franz Planer ... director of photography (as Frank Planer)

Film Editing by

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Ted J. Kent

Art Direction by

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Alexander Golitzen

Set Decoration by

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Russell A. Gausman
Ruby R. Levitt ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Travis Banton ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

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Carmen Dirigo ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Lou LaCava ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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E. Dobbs ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Sherwood ... assistant director (as John F. Sherwood)
Mickey Bennett ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Les Warner ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Wally Kirkpatrick ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Glenn E. Anderson ... sound (as Glenn F. Anderson)
Leslie I. Carey ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bert Anderson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Tex Bellah ... best boy (uncredited)
Walter Bluemel ... camera operator (uncredited)
Punk Smith ... key grip (uncredited)
Roland Smith ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Virginia Tutwiler ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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David Tamkin ... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Other crew

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William Dozier ... presenter
Paul Elbogen ... technical adviser
John Hambleton ... coordinator of production
David O. Selznick ... Louis Jordan by arrangement with
Adele Cannon ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In Vienna in 1900, Stefan Brand must face a duel the following morning. He has no intention of defending his honor however and plans to flee the city when he notices that he has received a letter from someone in his past. A struggling concert pianist at the time he met Lisa Berndle when she was just a teenager living next door. Brand has had many women in his life however and unaware that Lisa is genuinely in love with him, forgets all about her. They meet again but he only vaguely remembers ever having met her. Unknown to him she bears his child and eventually marries a man who knows of her past but loves her very much. When she runs into Brand many years later her love for him resurfaces and she is prepared to abandon her son and husband for him. Tragedy follows. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines This is the love every woman lives for...the love every man would die for! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lettre d'une inconnue (France)
  • Brief einer Unbekannten (Germany)
  • Carta de una desconocida (Spain)
  • Kirje tuntemattomalta naiselta (Finland)
  • Pismo neznanke (Slovenia)
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  • 87 min
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Trivia Joan Fontaine's favorite movie. See more »
Goofs While most signs in the movie are written correctly in German, since the movie is set in Austria, parts of them are in English, e.g. Stefan Brand's concert flyer, which says "Concert Program" instead of "Konzertprogramm". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Film présenté: Lettre d'une inconnue (1956). See more »
Soundtracks Un sospiro See more »
Quotes Lisa Berndl: The course of our lives can be changed by such little things. So many passing by, each intent on his own problems. So many faces that one might easily have been lost. I know now that nothing happens by chance. Every moment is measured; every step is counted.
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