The 13th Letter


The 13th Letter (1951)



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This film is set in a small, isolated Canadian village. The community's new doctor is the recipient of several poison pen letters accusing him of a clandestine affair with the wife of the town's established medico. After a thirteenth letter arrives, the young doctor attempts to solve the mystery himself.


Charles Boyer
as Dr. Paul Laurent
Linda Darnell
as Denise Turner
Michael Rennie
as Dr. Pearson
Constance Smith
as Cora Laurent
Judith Evelyn
as Sister Marie
Guy Sorel
as Robert Helier
June Hedin
as Rochelle
George Alexander
as Dr. Fletcher
J. Leo Cagnon
as Dr. Helier
Wilford Davidson
as Townspeople
Arthur Groulx
as Townspeople
Sheila Coonan
as Townspeople
L.P. Herbert
as Townspeople
Odie Lemire
as Townspeople
Gilles Pelletier
as Townspeople
C. Bosvier
as Townspeople
J.L. Roux
as Townspeople
Blanche Gauthier
as Townspeople
Jerry Rowan
as Townspeople
Louis Roux
as Townspeople
Eleanor Stuart
as Townspeople
Lucie Boitres
as Townspeople
Stanley Mann
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for The 13th Letter

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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

Oct 23, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 23, 2007 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

'More than simply an Americanized [version of a] foreign film'

Apr 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie is redolent with atmosphere.

Sep 16, 2003 | Full Review…

Though not a complete failure, Preminger's American version still managed to take most of the starch out of this bitter French chiller.

Apr 22, 2002 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The 13th Letter


Interesting if a bit reserved Canadian set drama. Linda Darnell gives a very fine performance as a woman with a secret.

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