The Letter Reviews

March 14, 2009
Prime Bette Davis featuring a memorable shooting in the opening.
January 8, 2008
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.
June 13, 2005
Howard Hawks said that a classic film has three great scenes and no bad ones. Despite its three great scenes, The Letter is no classic!
June 13, 2005
even a bad Davis movie where she's hamming and mugging and even humiliating herself is more fun than practically no Bette at all.
March 13, 2005
March 10, 2005
January 14, 2005
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.
December 31, 2004
First-class cinema.
August 22, 2003
January 1, 2000
The Letter (1940) is a classic melodramatic film noir of murder and deceit, directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Howard Koch