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A Letter to Three Wives (1949) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sol C. Siegel.

The film was based on the novel Letter to Five Wives written by John Klempner published in 1945.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best DirectorJoseph L. MankiewiczWon
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
Best WritingJoseph L. MankiewiczWon
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Screening of "A Letter to Three Wives" May 29 at Daystar Center

By Stephen Reginald on May 23, 2018 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of "A Letter to Three Wives" May 29 at Daystar Center A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street When: May 29, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald A Letter to Three Wives (1949) is based on a novel by John Klempner. His novel was e... Read full article


A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

By Carol Martinheira on Sep 25, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

A Letter to Three Wives (1949) On September 25, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized Joseph L. Mankiewicz was more than a film director. Joseph L. Mankiewicz was one of the greatest storytellers of all time. And if All About Eve (1950) guarantees him a place amongst Hollywood... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Dec 13, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, A Letter to Three Wives (1949) sets up its domestic drama with a perpetually absent antagonist who forces a trio of women to consider the central problems of their marriages. This approach makes the homewrecker as mysterious as she is troublesome, but it frees up th... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949)

By Jennifer Garlen on Dec 13, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, A Letter to Three Wives (1949) sets up its domestic drama with a perpetually absent antagonist who forces a trio of women to consider the central problems of their marriages. This approach makes the homewrecker as mysterious as she is troublesome, but it frees up th... Read full article


KIRK DOUGLAS 100TH BIRTHDAY BLOGATHON: A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

on Dec 9, 2016 From Caftan Woman

Karen of shadowsandsatin is hosting a celebratory blogathon in honour of the 100th birthday of Mr. Kirk Douglas, and we've all been invited. To join the party, click HERE. I always think of A Letter to Three Wives as an elegant movie. Certainly, it is not elegant in the idea that we are peering i... Read full article


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Quotes from

Deborah Bishop: Why is it that sooner or later no matter what we talk about... we wind up talking about Addie Ross?
Addie Ross: [off voice] Maybe it's because if you girls didn't talk about me you wouldn't talk at all.


Porter Hollingsway: OK. OK, you win. I'll marry you. How about it?
Lora Mae Hollingsway: Thanks... for nothing.
Porter Hollingsway: Now what kind of an answer is that?
Lora Mae Hollingsway: I don't know. I just felt like it. That's all.
Porter Hollingsway: We'll do all right, kid. We're starting out where it takes most marriages years to get, out in the open. No jokers. You'll see. You've made a good deal, Lora Mae.
Mrs. Finney: [walking into the room] Lora Mae, honey, if you want me I'll be over at the Callahans' playing...
Lora Mae Hollingsway: Happy new year, Ma. We're gonna get married.
Mrs. Finney: ...Bingo!
[She faints]


Porter Hollingsway: What do you want me to do about it - build you a personal broadcasting system?
Lora Mae Hollingsway: You don't need a station. Just yell a little louder.


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At one point the film was called "A Letter to Four Wives". Upon submitting the adapted screenplay to 20th Century-Fox chief Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz mentioned that he found it too long and asked how he felt the movie could be shortened. "Take out one of the wives," Zanuck replied. Originally, the movie would have featured Anne Baxter as the fourth wife. Zanuck didn't feel Baxter's segment was as strong as the other three, so that one was cut.
This was leading stage actor Paul Douglas' motion picture debut.
This film was based on John Klempner's novel, "A Letter to Five Wives." Two wives were lost in the transition to the screen.
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