The Letter (1940)
Average Rating: 8.6/10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1940 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
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William Wyler's dark and poisonous melodrama, based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel, features Bette Davis in one of her nastiest roles. The story begins in the shimmering moonlight on a tropical Malayan rubber plantation. Shots ring out and a wounded man, Geoffrey Hammond (David Newell) staggers from a bungalow as Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) coldly follows him, pumping the remaining bullets into his body. She later tells her husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) that she shot Geoffrey, a mutual
Jan 1, 1940 Wide
Jan 11, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment
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Prime Bette Davis featuring a memorable shooting in the opening.
The second and best version of Maugham's noirish tale of adultery and murder is emarked by Wyler's nunaced mis-en-scene, Gaudio's lensing, and superlative acting of Bette Davis (surprisingly restrained), Herbert Marshall and especially James Stephenson.
even a bad Davis movie where she's hamming and mugging and even humiliating herself is more fun than practically no Bette at all.
If there is any doubt that Bette Davis is the star of this film, high above all others, it is vanquished by William Wyler's careful framing of her in every shot.
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