Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Forgotten Movies: A Letter to Three Wives
Joseph Mankiewicz directed this film in 1949. It was based on a novel by John Klempner and the script with writing help from Vera Caspary. It starred Linda Darnell, Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas and Jeffrey Lynn. The novel was titled A Letter to Five Wives. They cut one and originally Anne Baxter played the fourth wife. But it ran too long, so she was cut too.
A letter is delivered to three women who are boarding a train for an excursion with children. The letter says that the writer, Addie Ross, is leaving town with one of their husbands. They will not know which husband until they return home from the trip.
Each woman has some issue that makes her think she losing her husband.
This film handles the flashbacks very well and the cast is a fine one. Sudsy but memorable.
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