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The 13th Letter (1951)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery | 19 January 1951 (USA)
Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Howard Koch (screen play), Louis Chavance (story "Le Corbeau")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Linda Darnell ... Denise Turner
Charles Boyer ... Dr. Paul Laurent
Michael Rennie ... Dr. Pearson
Constance Smith ... Cora Laurent
Françoise Rosay ... Mrs. Gauthier
Judith Evelyn ... Sister Marie Corbin
Guy Sorel Guy Sorel ... Robert Helier
June Hedin June Hedin ... Rochelle Turner
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Respectable citizens receive anonymous letters revealing their adulterous relationships.

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A strange kind of KILLER is loose in this Town! See more »

Genres:

Film-Noir | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poison Pen See more »

Filming Locations:

St.Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

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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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Remake of Le Corbeau (1943) See more »

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The 13th Letter (1951)
3 January 2012 | by Martin TellerSee all my reviews

A small Quebec town is rattled by a series of anonymous poison pen letters. Preminger takes a stab at Clouzot's LE CORBEAU (Clouzot himself being one of the finest purveyors of European noir, including LES DIABOLIQUES, THE WAGES OF FEAR and QUAI DES ORFEVRES). I don't recall the original very well, but I do know it had a more biting, cynical edge to it (as well as overt references to abortion, which of course was verboten under the Hays code) as opposed to the moodier tones found here. The subject matter is ripe for common noir themes like the fragility of civilized society and the darkness lurking beneath pleasant facades. Every performance is quite good, especially Michael Rennie and the sultry-as-ever Linda Darnell. The film keeps you guessing and keeps you interested, never playing a hand too soon. Although my copy was rather blurry, I could still appreciate the artful framing and use of light. The score is the weakest aspect, often laying on the strings too thick. Otherwise, quite a fine film.


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