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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 February 1949 (USA)
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A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands - but she does not say which one.

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Vera Caspary (adaptation), John Klempner (Cosmopolitan Magazine novel) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Deborah Bishop
Linda Darnell ... Lora Mae Hollingsway
Ann Sothern ... Rita Phipps
Kirk Douglas ... George Phipps
Paul Douglas ... Porter Hollingsway
Barbara Lawrence ... Babe Finney
Jeffrey Lynn ... Brad Bishop
Connie Gilchrist ... Ruby Finney
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Manleigh
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Manleigh
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Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her school teacher husband does. Deborah Bishop looked great in a Navy uniform in WWII but fears she'll never be dressed just right for the Country Club set. These three wives are boarding a boat filled with children going on a picnic when a messenger on a bicycle hands them a letter addressed to all three from Addie who has just left town with one of their husbands. They won't know which one until that night. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures in 1949. The 1949 awards ceremony was the very first in the Guild's history. The DGA used a non-calendar year honoring films released in both 1948 and early 1949, unlike the Academy Awards. Both the 1949 and 1950 DGA winners, A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All the King's Men (1949) respectively, competed for the 1950 Academy Award for Best Director, which was awarded to Joseph L. Mankiewicz for "A Letter to Three Wives", the 1949 DGA winner. This explains why the heavily favored Robert Rossen did not win for directing "All the King's Men" at the Oscars, however the film was awarded Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) The wire used to tip over the glass is visible. See more »

Quotes

Deborah Bishop: Why is it that sooner or later no matter what we talk about... we wind up talking about Addie Ross?
Addie Ross: [off voice] Maybe it's because if you girls didn't talk about me you wouldn't talk at all.
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Spoofed in The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010) See more »

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Honey (I'm in Love With You)
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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Excellent cast, but an even better script
21 March 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

You have here a situation that is rarer than you might imagine-a top-notch cast with an even better script. This is a delightful film with fine performances all around and some of the best dialogue! Strangely, none of the cast were nominated for their work here, although three were nominated for other performances in other films they did that year. The script deservedly won an Oscar as did the director. This is a joy to watch and the voice-over narration is perfectly handled throughout. Highly recommended!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Letter to Five Wives See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Mahopac, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,768
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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