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The Letters (1973)

Story of people whose lives were changed because of a year-long delay in the delivery of some letters.

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Paul Krasny, Gene Nelson

Writers:

James G. Hirsch (teleplay: The Andersons segment), James G. Hirsch | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Forsythe ... Paul Anderson (The Andersons episode)
Pamela Franklin ... Karen Forrester (The Forresters Episode)
Ida Lupino ... Mrs. Forrester
Dina Merrill ... Penelope Parkington (The Parkingtons Episode)
Ben Murphy ... Joe Randolph (The Forresters Episode)
Leslie Nielsen ... Derek Childs (The Parkingtons Episode)
Jane Powell ... Elaine Anderson (The Andersons Episode)
Barbara Stanwyck ... Geraldine Parkington
Lesley Ann Warren ... Laura Reynolds (The Andersons Episode)
Henry Jones ... The Postman
Trish Mahoney Trish Mahoney ... Stewardess (The Andersons Episode)
Gary Dubin ... Paul Anderson Jr. (The Andersons episode)
Mia Bendixsen Mia Bendixsen ... Lisa (The Andersons episode)
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Michael (The Parkingtons Episode)
Orville Sherman ... Minister (The Parkingtons Episode)
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Story of people whose lives were changed because of a year-long delay in the delivery of some letters.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Cartas See more »

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Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1973, Aaron Spelling developed two pilots with a similar theme: this one and Letters from Three Lovers (1973). In both pilots, letters were delayed in delivery by one year per accident or mischance; the delay would have a profound effect on the sender or the recipient. Henry Jones played the postman delivering the long lost letters in both pilots. Neither pilot was picked up for a continuing series. See more »

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Followed by Letters from Three Lovers (1973) See more »

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Better Late than Never - Find "The Letters"
18 December 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

"The Letters," this 1973 TV movie is told in three stories which have a common factor – they all received a letter a year late due to the carrier plane crashing. Story #1: We see married couple John Forsythe and wife Jane Powell. He is going on a business trip, but when he gets on the plane, we see him hold hands with the lady already sitting there, Lesley Ann Warren. Oh, John! While on his business trip and rendezvousing with Lesley, he writes a "Dear John" letter to Jane, but never mailed it. He then winds up going back to her, when he can't see a real life with children with Lesley. When Lesley sees he has accidentally dropped it, she has her own agenda that may hurt all of them. Story #2: Leslie Nielsen is a concert pianist, or at least wants to be. He has talent, but is undiscovered. Dina Merrill, who loves him, tells him it will happen. But Dina's rich sister Barbara Stanwyck sinks her teeth into Dina's love life and Stanwyck really packs a wallop with her spunky but brief role. And, Barbara mails a letter that will not surface for a year and will give someone the upper hand. Story #3: Ida Lupino is Pamela Franklin's controlling but loving mother who only wants the best for her when she tells Pamela's beau to hightail it out of town or she'll put him in jail for an accidental death he caused that he's wanted for out of the state. He ultimately leaves and learns something about himself in the process, thereby writing Pamela a letter. All three stories are modest yet very engrossing little vignettes. Some are more effective. Some are more melodramatic than others. All gave good performances, even John Forsythe who usually doesn't emote much. Stanwyck of course is a highlight. The second story is the most unsatisfying maybe, due to its superficial and unlikeable characters. The film, on the whole, was very entertaining, but you're not very likely to ever see this on TV now or know anything about it, unless you find this at a DVR website. If you do decide to get it, you won't be disappointed. I would watch it again. Movies like this always make me yearn for the more simpler time and life of the 1970s and 80s when everything was so completely different. This may seem to be undemanding but that also is its charm. Simple stories of simple yet multi-layered people who make mistakes and learn from them – a year later.


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