The Letter

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Letter

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Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, this story centers on a woman's reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.
Title: The letter
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2005]
Edition: Standard version.
Characteristics: DVD,video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD,laser optical,NTSC,rda
DVD,digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital,rda
DVD,DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
1 videodisc (95 min.) :,DVD video, sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Special features: Alternate ending; 4/21/41 Lux Radio Theater Broadcast with Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall; 3/16/1944 Lux Radio Theater broadcast with Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall; Theatrical trailer.
Also issued as part of the box set: Bette Davis collection, volume one.
Based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1940.
Summary: Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, this story centers on a woman's reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.
Audience: Not rated by the MPAA.
ISBN: 9781419867101
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. ; Jack L. Warner in charge of production ; by W. Somerset Maughan ; a William Wyler production ; a Warner Bros.-First National Picture ; executive producer, Hal B. Wallis ; screen play by Howard Koch ; directed by William Wyler
Distributor: Turner Entertainment Co.
Copyright Date: ♭2005.
Credits: Director of photography, Tony Gaudio ; film editors, George Amy, Warren Low ; art director, Carl Jules Weyl ; gowns by Orry-Kelly ; ochestral arrangements by Hugo Friedhofer ; musical director, Leo F. Forbstein ; music by Max Steiner.
Performers: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester, Elizabeth Earl, Cecil Kellaway, Sen Yung, Willie Fung, Tetsu Komai.
System Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; standard full screen presentation; Dolby Digital mono.
Other Language: In English with English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned in English.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationship Drama. Homicide Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Murder Drama. Maugham, W. Somerset (Willam Somerset), 1874-1965 Film and video adaptations.
Genre/Form: Film noir.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Film noir.
Detective and mystery films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationship
Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: 65225
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Oct 07, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Every so often I find a neglected classic film in the KCLS catalog. "The Letter" is considered by many to be Bette Davis's finest movie. Until my comments today, it has only had 2 previous comments which said the movie either had a "great story" or in the other case "great acting".. I couldn't agree more. "The Letter" was written as a play by Somerset Maugham in 1929. The same year it was made into a movie. In 1940, Director William Wyler talked Warner Brothers Studios to do a remake of "The Letter" with Bette Davis. She plays Leslie Crosby the wife of a rich plantation owner in Malaya. Her husband is brilliantly played by Herbert Marshall, who was also in the 1929 movie "The Letter". The movie is known for having a great script written by Howard Koch. You might remember him as one of those writers that teamed up to write "Casablanca". You won't find many movies better than "The Letter;'.
KCLS owns 2 copies and at the moment they are both available. If your a fan of Bette Davis, then this is a must for you! Please let me know how you like the film on the KCLS web site. Thanks!

Sep 13, 2013
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic with great acting.

Sep 04, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When a movie starts out with Bette Davis emptying her hand gun into her lover's body, you just know that it's going to be a great story!


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