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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Promise! You won't peek-and-tell... the ending! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 20, 1950 with Paul Douglas and Linda Darnell reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Deborah Bishop: Have you any idea how much Lora Mae is in love with you?
Porter Hollingsway: [scornfully] No! How much?
Deborah Bishop: So much she's afraid to tell you, afraid you'd laugh at her.
Porter Hollingsway: Me laugh? She couldn't say it with a straight face. Lora Mae in love with me? It's all she can do to wait it out.
Deborah Bishop: Wait it out?
Porter Hollingsway: Yeah, like an annuity till it matures. Like a slot machine till it pays off. That's what she's waiting for. A chance to call it off, to collect. "The end of the line. Fares, please." Don't tell me about love and Lora Mae.
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Connections

Remade as A Letter to Three Wives (1985) See more »

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My Blue Heaven
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Played at the restaurant
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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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