Letter of Introduction (1938)





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A master blend of high comedy and tense emotional drama, A Letter of Introduction reteams Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who'd previously costarred in the negligible Goldwyn Follies. Menjou plays John Mannering, a Barrymoresque actor who years earlier had divorced his wife and severed his relationship with his daughter Kay (Andrea Leeds). Now a grown woman, Kay aspires to an acting career, fully determined to make it on her own without her father's help. She goes so far as to change her last name to Martin, and to keep her actual relationship to Mannering a secret from the public. This set-up leads to a dizzying series of complications, including the breakup of Mannering's romance with a tootsie named Lydia Hoyt (Anne Sheridan), who falsely assumes that Kay is Mannering's mistress, and Kay's own romantic travails with vaudeville hoofer Barry Paige (George Murphy). Meanwhile, Kay's ventriloquist friend Bergen and his dummy McCarthy rise to superstardom on radio. It is, in fact, Bergen and Charlie who are instrumental in reuniting the estranged Mannering and Kay, paving the way for the film's tear-stained conclusion. Unavailable for many years, A Letter of Introduction re-emerged on the Public Domain circuit in 1975.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Andrea Leeds
as Katherine 'Kay' Martin
Adolphe Menjou
as John Mannering
Edgar Bergen
as Himself
George Murphy
as Barry Paige
Ann Sheridan
as Lydia Hoyt
Eve Arden
as Cora Phelps
Ernest Cossart
as Andrews
Jonathan Hale
as Lou Woodstock
Walter Perry
as Backstage Doorman
Frances Robinson
as Hatcheck Girl
Constance Moore
as Autograph Seeker
Eleanor Hansen
as Stagestruck Girl
Raymond Parker
as Call Boy
May Boley
as Mrs. Meggs
Armand Kaliz
as Jules the Barber
Russell Hopton
as Process Server
Mark Daniels
as Kibitzer
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Raleigh
Kathleen Howard
as Aunt Jonnie
Esther Ralston
as Mrs. Sinclair
Irving Bacon
as Reporter
Ray Walker
as Reporter
Leonard Mudie
as Critic
Doris Lloyd
as Charlotte
George Humbert
as Musician on Stage
Frank Reicher
as Doctor
Chester Clute
as Doctor
Natalie Moorhead
as Mrs. Maud Raleigh
Crauford Kent
as Mr. Sinclair
Sam Hayes
as Announcer
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Don 'Red' Barry
as Man at Party
Philip Trent
as Man at Party
Dick Winslow
as Elevator Boy
Rolfe Sedan
as Fitter
Alphonse Martell
as Maitre d'
Sharon Lewis
as Bridge Player
Edith Craig
as Girl Singer
Kitty McHugh
as Girl Singer
Sandy Sanford
as Fireman
John Archer
as Photographer
Douglas Carter Beane
as Photographer
Charles Sherlock
as Reporter
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Inez Courtney
as Woman at Party
Dorothy Granger
as Woman at Party
Mortimer Snerd
as Himself
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Two stories intersect here: one, that of the New York underground of performers waiting for that big break, to be discovered, but still a "family" helping each other out through the tough times until that happens (see Stage Door, 1937, made only a year before this one and with much of the same cast) and two, that of a father and daughter reconnecting after years of not meeting. Need I mention that both the father (Adolphe Menjoe) and the daughter (Andrea Leeds) are in show business? And so another 1930's-style Hollywood glamour job on theater life. The other half of the film however works real hard to sell Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy to us, both (how else?) given mucho screen time, but unfortunately with only a poor script. It's not their best presentation.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou have a nice chemistry as the daughter finding her long lost father in this lovely little drama. Eve Arden is inimitable as ever as the wisecracking best friend, and the always welcome Rita Johnson and Ann Sheridan show up in small parts. Depending on your tolerance or liking for Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy be aware that the movie stops dead at one point for about 10 minutes for his routine.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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