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The Letter (1940)

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  • Trailer for this classic starring Bette Davis

Movie Info & Cast

Cast

  • Bette Davis
  • Herbert Marshall
  • James Stephenson
  • Frieda Inescort
  • Gale Sondergaard
  • Bruce Lester
  • Elizabeth Inglis
  • Cecil Kellaway
  • Victor Sen Yung
  • Doris Lloyd

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Trivia

  • Sixteen years after he directed this film, William Wyler made his TV directing debut with a live production broadcast Oct. 15, 1956 on The Letter (1956). The cast included Siobhan McKenna, John Mills, Michael Rennie, and Anna May Wong in the roles earlier played by Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, and Gale Sondergaard. Some of the censorship that had restricted the 1940 version was eased for this TV version. For example, Hammond's "Eurasian wife" in 1940 was permitted to be, as in the play and 1929 film, his Chinese mistress.
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Goofs

  • When Leslie enters her bedroom for the last time, she locks the door behind her. Later, the door is unlocked when Robert enters.
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Quotes

    • Leslie: With all my heart, I still love the man I killed.
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