A Letter to Three Wives

A Letter to Three Wives

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern

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A Letter to Three Wives

Three wives, played by Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern and Linda Darnell, are about to embark on a boat trip when each receives a letter, written by a mutual friend named Addie, informing her that Addie is about to run off with one of their husbands. In flashback, each wife wonders if it is her marriage that is in jeopardy. Deborah (Crain) recounts her fish-out-of-water relationship with her up-and-coming hubby (Jeffrey Lynn); businesswoman Rita (Sothern) asks herself if she's been too rough on her professorial spouse (Kirk Douglas); and Lora May (Darnell), a girl from (literally) the wrong side of the tracks, questions the security of her marriage to a brash business executive (Paul Douglas). The voice of Addie, who is never seen, is provided by Celeste Holm. Thelma Ritter shows up in a hilarious unbilled bit as a slatternly domestic, while an equally uncredited Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer makes a quick entrance and exit as a bellhop. Written with perception and not a little witty condescension by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, A Letter to Three Wives won two Oscars ,both for Mankiewicz. Based on a novel by John Klempner, the property was remade for television in 1985, with Ann Sothern back again in a supporting part.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
UPC: 0024543131397
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 8,720

Special Features

Commentary by Christopher Mankiewicz with Joseph L. Mankiewicz biographers Kenneth Geist and Cheryl Lower; "Linda Darnell: Hollywood's Fallen Angel" as seen on biography® on the A&E network; Movietone News footage (Oscar® Presentations); Restoration comparison; Theatrical trailer; Full frame format (Aspect ratio: 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo; English mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Deborah Bishop
Linda Darnell Lora May Hollingsway
Ann Sothern Rita Phipps
Kirk Douglas George Phipps
Paul Douglas Porter Hollingsway
Barbara Lawrence Babe
Jeffrey Lynn Brad Bishop
Connie Gilchrist Mrs. Finney
Florence Bates Mrs. Manleigh
Hobart Cavanaugh Mr. Manleigh
Patti Brady Kathleen
Ruth Vivian Miss Hawkins
Thelma Ritter Sadie
Stuart Holmes Old Man
George Offerman Nick
Ralph Brooks Character
James Adamson Butler
Joe Bautista Thomasino
John Davidson Waiter
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Messenger
Sam Finn Waiter
Ted Offenbecker Nick
Celeste Holm Addie Ross

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Screenwriter
Vera Caspary Screenwriter
Gaston Glass Asst. Director
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur L. Kirbach Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
J. Watson Webb Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:14]
2. Brad and Deborah Bishop [3:40]
3. Rita Phipps [2:19]
4. Talking About Addie [2:05]
5. A Letter [:52]
6. Debby Reminisces [2:35]
7. The Country Club [7:40]
8. Dancing [3:02]
9. Rita Wonders [5:11]
10. Entertaining [3:06]
11. The Radio Show [2:12]
12. After the Party [9:07]
13. Lora Mae Reflects [4:22]
14. A Picture of Addie [6:40]
15. New Year's Eve [3:17]
16. After the Picnic [1:49]
17. Brad's Not Coming [14:09]
18. Porter's Confession [2:07]

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A Letter to Three Wives 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very engaging with wonderful performances. The story is great and full of witty dialogue and it keeps you guessing all the way to the end.
h_Love More than 1 year ago
It's a great movie. You learn to not take your relationships for granted. It describes the time, late 1930's-early1940's, so well. It is very witty which most movies these days are missing.
Koins_and_Change More than 1 year ago
The dialogue is the best part, but then so are the actors... and everything else about this movie! WATCH THIS MOVIE because it's as good as it sounds!
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