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A Letter to Three Wives ()


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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination.
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Deborah Bishop
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Lora Mae Hollingsway
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Rita Phipps
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George Phipps
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Porter Hollingsway
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Babe Finney
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Brad Bishop
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Ruby Finney
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Mrs. Manleigh
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Mr. Manleigh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Adamson ...
Porter's Butler (uncredited)
Joe Bautista ...
Thomasino (uncredited)
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Kathleen (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Bookie Dancer at Country Club (uncredited)
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John (uncredited)
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Country Club Member (uncredited)
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Country Club Member (uncredited)
Sam Finn ...
Second Waiter (uncredited)
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Addie Ross (uncredited) (voice)
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Old Man at Table (uncredited)
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Country Club Member (uncredited)
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Miss Jenkins (uncredited)
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Nick Butler (uncredited)
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Sadie Dugan (uncredited)
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Headwaiter at Country Club (uncredited)
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Leo (uncredited)
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Radio Announcer for 'Confessions of Brenda' (uncredited) (voice)
John Venn ...
First Messenger (uncredited)
Ruth Vivian ...
Miss Hawkins (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Written by

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Vera Caspary ... (adaptation)
 
John Klempner ... (Cosmopolitan Magazine novel)
 
Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Sol C. Siegel ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Arthur C. Miller ... (as Arthur Miller)

Film Editing by

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J. Watson Webb Jr.

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

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J. Russell Spencer
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little
Walter M. Scott

Costume Design by

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Kay Nelson

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Thomas Tuttle ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gaston Glass ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
Arthur von Kirbach ... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Logan Brown ... grip (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood ... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerry Milligan ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestral arranger (as Edward Powell)

Other crew

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Weslie Jones ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines All of them wondered while one of them wandered! See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Letter to Four Wives (United States)
  • Three Wives (United States)
  • A Letter to Five Wives (United States)
  • Chaînes conjugales (France)
  • Ein Brief an drei Frauen (Germany)
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  • 103 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia (at around 47 mins) Joseph L. Mankiewicz had a real battle with the American censors at the time who would not permit him to use words like "laxative" and "toilet" in his script. He got his revenge with a famous double-entendre laden exchange which used words like "penetration" and "saturation". See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 2 mins) When the train first goes by Finney's house, a can bounces around and eventually falls over on a shelf. After Lora Mae walks into the room, the can is standing upright. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Screen Writer (1950). See more »
Soundtracks Wein, weib und Gesang, Op. 333 (Wine, Women and Song) See more »
Quotes Mrs. Finney: Can't we have peace in this house even on New Year's Eve?
Sadie: You got it mixed up with Christmas. New Year's Eve is when people go back to killing each other.
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