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The Letter (1940) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Hal B. Wallis and Robert Lord.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorJames StephensonNominated
Best ActressBette DavisNominated
Best CinematographyGaetano (Tony) GaudioNominated
Best DirectorWilliam WylerNominated
Best Film EditingWarren LowNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated

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The letter for Lombard I wrote

By carole_and_co on Apr 2, 2019 From Carole & Co.

As you probably know, the campaign for Carole Lombard to get a commemorative U.S. postage stamp -- an honor previously awarded numerous Hollywood legends -- is in full swing. I hope you'll join many others in sending your letter of support to the address above.Towards that end, I sent my letter toda... Read full article

The letter that launched a legend

By carole_and_co on Oct 26, 2018 From Carole & Co.

In 1912, Jane Alice Peters turned four years old and resided in Fort Wayne, Ind. That same year, Myrna Williams turned seven in Helena, Mont.Neither could have known a lengthy letter sent that year would impact their lives...or that of a one-year-old in Kansas City named Harlean Carpenter:That year,... Read full article

How Bette Davis Mesmerizes us in The Letter

By Virginie Pronovost on Mar 27, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Bette Davis was one of the most iconic and talented actresses to ever grace the silver screen. She’s remembered for her strong personality, her impressive tact, her unique eyes and, of course, all those classics she starred in such as Jezebel, All About Eve, Now Voyager and many others. Except... Read full article

Bette's Back in The Letter

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 2, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing Warner Archive's new re-release of Bette Davis' classic film noir, The Letter (1940). The good folks at Warner Archive are bringing five classic Bette Davis movies back into print. Each Friday in September, I'll have a review of one of these movies, starting today with the cla... Read full article

The Letter

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 4, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing the classic film noir, The Letter (1940), starring Bette Davis. This article is part of The Bette Davis Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Hollywood. FYI: This review contains spoilers. Bette Davis' performance in The Letter (1940) is one of the triumphs of he... Read full article

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Quotes from

Howard Joyce: Strange that a man can live with a woman for ten years and not know the first thing about her.

Robert Crosbie: If you love a person, you can forgive anything.

Robert Crosbie: I'll do whatever you think is right.
Howard Joyce: I don't think it's right, but I think it's expedient. Juries can sometimes be very stupid, and it's just as well not to worry them with more evidence than they can conveniently deal with.

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Facts about

The ending is different from the original play because the Production Code refused to allow a film let one of its characters be seen to get away with adultery and murder.
Cecil Kellaway is listed in the credits but can only be glimpsed in a long shot during a party scene. His scenes were drastically cut for the final release print.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onApril 21, 1941 with Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall and James Stephenson reprising their film roles.
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