• The Letter (1940)

The Letter

Release Date: 1940

DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

In Singapore, Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) shoots and kills a man, claiming that he tried to take advantage of her. She is arrested and her husband, Robert (Herbert Marshall), hires attorney Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) to defend her. During the trial Howard uncovers an incriminating letter that casts doubt on Leslie's story. The two become embroiled in a blackmail scheme involving a Malayan clerk (Victor Sen Yung) and the dead man's widow (Gale Sondergaard).

Cast: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester, Elizabeth Earl, Cecil Kellaway

Director: William Wyler

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Mystery, Forbidden love, Dark, Murder, Revenge, 1940s, Husband

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