The Letter

United States, 1940

Film
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Bette Davis is at her celebrated best in this Somerset Maugham melodrama about a Malaysian planter’s wife (Bette Davis) accused of shooting a man who was a friend of both her and her husband (Herbert Marshall). She claims, and is believed, that it was self defence as he attacked and tried to rape her. Then a letter appears proving she had invited the man and that they were lovers. The attempt by her lawyer (James Stephenson) to suppress the letter leads to tragic consequences.

Credits

production company

Warner Bros Pictures

producer

Robert Lord

Duration

01:32:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1940

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

302848

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Literature → English literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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