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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

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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 »

Company Credits

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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In 2010, the story is satirized on The Simpsons (1989) in the episode called The Simpsons: Moe Letter Blues (2010). See more »

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(at around 29 mins) When Deborah and Brad dance, she swings her back and forth. She has blurry vision of her (stationary) friends who should be swaying. See more »

Quotes

Porter Hollingsway: It's a man's world. Yeah! See something you want, go after it and get it! That's nature. It's why we're made strong and women weak. Strong conquer and provide for the weak. That's what a man's for! Teach our kids that, there'd be more men!
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Soundtracks

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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Gem of a Film
16 October 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

There's no doubt about it: "Letter to Three Wives" is, to use a character quote from the script, a "Bingo!"

I agree that the screenplay, directing, acting, and general production are all excellent. What a pleasure to see how well it holds up after so many years.

Constantly engaging, a powerhouse, perfect cast offers beautifully modulated performances, and the writing is creatively brilliant.

I'd forgotten what an effective actor is Paul Douglas. Like Thelma Ritter (also in the cast) he seems like an ordinary guy from real life, not even "acting." Both he and Ritter are "naturals," in that they just seem to "live" their parts, never showing their technique.

Plaudits also go to Linda Darnell, whose scenes with Douglas are gems, as well as veterans Ann Southern, Jeanne Crain and Kirk Douglas. Their casting couldn't have been bettered.

Here's a film that seems to, like fine wine, grow increasingly better with age. It's becoming (if has not already become) a genuine classic.


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