The Letter Movie Review 1940

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When a man is shot and killed on a Malaysian plantation, the woman who committed the murder pleads self-defense. Her husband and his lawyer attempt to free her, but find more than they expected in this tightly paced film noir. Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. Davis emulated the originator of her role, Jeanne Eagels, in her mannerisms and line readings, although Eagels later went mad from drug abuse and overwork.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 96 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Ties, Books to Film: W. Somerset Maugham, 4 Bones
Howard Koch
Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Sen Yung, Frieda Inescort
Gaetano Antonio "Tony" Gaudio
William Wyler
Max Steiner
Warner Bros., Hal B. Wallis, Robert Lord

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