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A Letter of Introduction

Overview

A master blend of high comedy and tense emotional drama, A Letter of Introduction reteams Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who'd previously costarred in the negligible Goldwyn Follies. Menjou plays John Mannering, a Barrymoresque actor who years earlier had divorced his wife and severed his relationship with his daughter Kay Andrea Leeds. Now a grown woman, Kay aspires to an acting career, fully determined to make it on her own without her father's help. She goes so far as to...
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Overview

A master blend of high comedy and tense emotional drama, A Letter of Introduction reteams Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who'd previously costarred in the negligible Goldwyn Follies. Menjou plays John Mannering, a Barrymoresque actor who years earlier had divorced his wife and severed his relationship with his daughter Kay Andrea Leeds. Now a grown woman, Kay aspires to an acting career, fully determined to make it on her own without her father's help. She goes so far as to change her last name to Martin, and to keep her actual relationship to Mannering a secret from the public. This set-up leads to a dizzying series of complications, including the breakup of Mannering's romance with a tootsie named Lydia Hoyt Anne Sheridan, who falsely assumes that Kay is Mannering's mistress, and Kay's own romantic travails with vaudeville hoofer Barry Paige George Murphy. Meanwhile, Kay's ventriloquist friend Bergen and his dummy McCarthy rise to superstardom on radio. It is, in fact, Bergen and Charlie who are instrumental in reuniting the estranged Mannering and Kay, paving the way for the film's tear-stained conclusion. Unavailable for many years, A Letter of Introduction re-emerged on the Public Domain circuit in 1975.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 089218467492
  • Original Release: 1938
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,525

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolphe Menjou John Mannering
Andrea Leeds Kay Martin
Edgar Bergen Edgar Bergen
George Murphy Barry Paige
Rita Johnson Honey
Ann Sheridan Lydia Hoyt
Eve Arden Cora Phelps
John Archer
Irving Bacon
Don "Red" Barry
May Boley Mrs. Meggs
Wade Boteler Policeman
Don Brodie Reporter
Douglas Carter Photographer
Chester Clute Doctor
Ernest Cossart Andrews, Mannering's Butler
Inez Courtney
Edith Craig
Mark Daniels Kibitzer
William B. Davidson Mr. Raleigh
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Backgammon Man
Dorothy Granger Women at Party
Jonathan Hale Lou Woodstock
Eleanor Hansen Stagestruck Girl
Sam Hayes Announcer
Russell Hopton Process Server
Kathleen Howard Aunt Jonnie
George Humbert Musician on Stage
Frank Jenks Joe
Armand Kaliz Jules, the Barber
Crauford Kent Mr. Sinclair
Doris Lloyd Charlotte
Alphonse Martell Maitre d'Hotel
Kitty McHugh Girl Singers
Constance Moore Autograph Seeker
Natalie Moorhead Mrs. Maud Raleigh
Leonard Mudie Critic
Raymond Parker Call Boy
Walter Perry Backstage Doorman
Esther Ralston Mrs. Sinclair
Frank Reicher
Kane Richmond Man
Frances Robinson Hatcheck Girl
Rolfe Sedan Fitter
Charles Sherlock
Philip Trent Men at Party
Richard Tucker Gossip
Theodore Von Eltz
Ray Walker Reporter
Morgan Wallace Editor
Claire Whitney Nurse
Dick Winslow Elevator Boy
Mortimer Snerd
Dummy: Charlie McCarthy Himself
Sharon Lewis Bridge Player
Robert E. Homans
Technical Credits
John M. Stahl Director, Producer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Sheridan Gibney Screenwriter
Ted Kent Editor
Charles Previn Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [:58]
2. Chapter 2 [16:08]
3. Chapter 3 [16:18]
4. Chapter 4 [17:39]
5. Chapter 5 [16:44]
6. Chapter 6 [15:59]
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