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Joseph l. Mankiewicz

A Letter to Three Wives

Director Joseph l. Mankiewicz Composer Alfred Newman Cast Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
Edition 1991
103' - 1949 - Drama, Comedy, Romance - Dialogue: Spanish, English
Manklewicz won two Oscars for this film, one for writing it and the ether for directing it, and it has yet to be excelled as a gentle, witty, civilized comedy on the foibles of marriage. The film is an examination of 3 marriages in a small Hudson Valley town, as the wives, thinking their unions are in peril, look back and try to understand why and how they might have failed. Before they all embark on a river trip as chaperones to a party of youngsters, each has received and read a letter from a certain Addie. The letters have a common message: Addie will leave town and take with her one of the three husbands, without saying which one.

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Joseph l. Mankiewicz


Alfred Newman


Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern


Joseph l. Mankiewicz, Vera Caspary

Director of Photography

Arthur C. Miller


J. Watson Webb Jr.


Sol C. Siegel

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Spanish, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Letter to Five Wives", John Klempner