The 13th Letter (1951)

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.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Charles Boyer
as Dr. Paul Laurent
Linda Darnell
as Denise Turner
Michael Rennie
as Dr. Pearson
Constance Smith
as Cora Laurent
Françoise Rosay
as Mrs. Sims
Judith Evelyn
as Sister Marie
Guy Sorel
as Robert Helier
June Hedin
as Rochelle
Camille Ducharme
as Fredette
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
Jacques Auger
as Priest
Robin Hughes
as Intern
Stanley Mann
as Officer
Vernon Steele
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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | April 1, 2004
Cinematic Reflections

The movie is redolent with atmosphere.

Full Review… | September 16, 2003

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

Full Review… | April 22, 2002
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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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This film is a poor remake of Clouzot's Le Corbeau. But, it really does not work. There is no meat in this film, nothing for a cinephile to chew on. The main flaw of the movie is the story. It is a remarkably un-thrilling thriller. As always in Preminger everything can be explained by a form of psychopathology. I must say I do not share Preminger's passion for damaged brains, so I find that part of his films really tedious. It is rare to have such a common theme in a director's work (see Saint Joan, Angel Face, The Man With a Golden Arm, Bunny Lake is Missing).

Ben Gui
Ben Gui

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