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The 13th Letter

The 13th Letter (1951)

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A remake of the French Le Corbeau ("The Raven"), The Thirteenth Letter is a film noir in a curious setting -- a rural village deep in Quebec, seemingly sleepy and typical. Dr. Laurent (Charles Boyer) returns from a medical convention in Montreal, anxious to see his much younger wife, Cora (Constance Smith). Cora is attracted to Dr. Pearson (Michael Rennie), a young doctor who moved into the town soon after his unfaithful wife killed herself. Soon Pearson, Laurent and Cora all receive letters --

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Howard Koch

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

One of [Preminger's] best efforts of the period.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Well-made and with an offbeat location site, film is an interesting account of the effects of poison pen letters on a small Quebec village.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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While not nearly as good as the original, Henri-George Clouzot's Le Corbeau, Preminger's film does have some power and a great deal of suspense.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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'More than simply an Americanized [version of a] foreign film'

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinematic Reflections

The movie is redolent with atmosphere.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Though not a complete failure, Preminger's American version still managed to take most of the starch out of this bitter French chiller.

April 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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