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

director

William Wyler

producer

Robert Lord

production company

Warner Bros Pictures

Language

English

Duration

01:32:00:00

Colour

Black and White

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