Love Letters

Love Letters

Director: William Dieterle, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards

Cast: William Dieterle, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards

     
 

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Ayn Rand wrote this adaptation of Chris Massie's book Pity Mr. Simplicity, about a soldier who falls in love with a former comrade's wife -- an amnesiac who may have murdered her husband. The story begins in Italy when two soldiers, Allen Quinton (Joseph Cotten) and Roger Morland (

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Ayn Rand wrote this adaptation of Chris Massie's book Pity Mr. Simplicity, about a soldier who falls in love with a former comrade's wife -- an amnesiac who may have murdered her husband. The story begins in Italy when two soldiers, Allen Quinton (Joseph Cotten) and Roger Morland (Robert Sully), hatch a scheme concerning Singleton (Jennifer Jones), his girl back home. Allen agrees to write love letters to Singleton for his friend and, based on the heartfelt emotions evident in the letters, she falls in love with Roger. Returning home, Singleton and Roger marry, but Roger proves to be a drunken, abusive husband. One night, as Roger is beating Singleton, he is stabbed to death by her stepmother. Singleton goes in to shock, rendering her unable to recall the murder, while her stepmother has a stroke, making her unable to speak. Accused of murder, Singleton is sentenced to a year in jail. Allen, in the meantime, hears about the murder of his friend and comes to visit Singleton, and the two proceed to fall in love.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Adapted by Ayn Rand from Chris Massie's novel, Love Letters matched a sensual yet innocent Jennifer Jones with a spiritual, romantic Joseph Cotten in a story about the ideal of perfect love and the impact of World War II on personal lives. Setting his story in rural England shortly after the soon-to-end war, director William Dieterle matched the Gothic setting and Jones's emotionally heightened acting with expressionistic lighting and canted camera angles, suggesting that something is off about Jones's sweetly beautiful amnesiac long before her trauma is revealed. Sentimental, romantic, spiritual, and sincere, Love Letters maintains a hyper-emotional atmosphere more suited to a story of archetypal, total love, even if its central trauma arises from the disruptive effects of the war. It was another popular success for young star Jones, earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress; the film itself garnered nominations for art direction, score, and Victor Young's title song.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
UPC:
0025192262944
Original Release:
1945
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
1,354

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jones Singleton/Victoria Remington
Joseph Cotten Alan Quinton
Ann Richards Dilly Carson
Gladys Cooper Beatrice Remington
Cecil Kellaway Mack
Anita Louise Helen Wentworth
Robert Sully Roger Morland
Byron Barr Derek Quinton
Reginald Denny Courtroom Lawyer
Ernest Cossart Bishop
James Millican Jim Connings
Lumsden Hare Mr. Quinton
Winifred Harris Mrs. Quinton
Ethel May Halls Bishop's Wife
Matthew Boulton Judge
David Clyde Postman
Ian Wolfe Vicar
Alec Craig Dodd
Arthur Hohl Jupp
Harry Allen Farmer
Conrad Binyon Boy in Library
Nina Borget Barmaid in Italian Inn
Clifford Brooke Cart Driver
Catherine Craig Jeanette Campbell
Louise Currie Clara Foley
Mary Field Actor
Helena Grant Attendant
George Humbert Proprietor of Italian Inn
Connie Leon Nurse
Anthony Marsh Young Man at Party
Ottola Nesmith Actor
Constance Purdy Old Hag
Monica Vicare Actor
Jennifer West Actor
Gig Young Derek Quinton

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Roland Anderson Production Designer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Hans Dreier Production Designer
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Ayn Rand Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

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