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½ December 17, 2016
Some fun situations, but I lost interest.
December 12, 2016
Upon three already married women attending and volunteering a summer's camp for children, conveniently receive a letter from a former friend named Abbie that one of them is going to have their husband taken away from them from viewers are completely oblivious what she even looked like other than that their lives somewhat revolve around her. The movie then showcases each of the wives of Deborah (Jeanne Crain), Rita (Ann Sothern) and Lora Mae (Linda Darnell) revaluating their own lives wondering whether or not it is one of them.
January 26, 2016
Mankiewicz is such a fantastic writer and one of the biggest precursors of melodrama on screen, even before Sirk came to fruition. His rarely mentioned People Will Talk is an absolute delight.
April 13, 2015
Starring Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell and Ann Sothern. Tremendously witty, inventive and entertaining look at marriage through the eyes of writer Vera Caspary ("Laura") and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Ingenious use of flashbacks tell the story of three wives who receive a letter from a mutual friend which reveals she has run off with one of their husbands -- but doesn't reveal which wife's man she has stolen. Worth revisiting.
April 12, 2015
Much more enjoyable than the film Mankiewicz released the following year: All About Eve. Kirk Douglas is fantastic.
March 25, 2015
interesting chick pic
½ September 6, 2014
Mankiewicz's excellent script is power housed by Kirk Douglas' sarcastic dialogues, as well as Linda Darnell and Paul Douglas's charismatic performance as the Hollingsway couple, making the film hilarious and impressive.
August 28, 2014
I found it fun but a little long
August 9, 2014
This is the best written movie I've ever seen.
May 27, 2014
Once upon a time when movies were actually made for adult audience. Brilliant script and direction.
½ March 13, 2014
Glamorous and sophisticated almost on the level of All About Eve, with fine acting, strong humor, superb dialogue, beautiful romantic ending and fully fleshed out characters, A Letter to Three Wives also has very progressive flashback approach to a story which, although a bit uneven, is polished and it keeps things interesting making the film seem like a minor classic, a deserved Best Picture nominee and an undeservedly forgotten gem.
February 11, 2014
Chick flick that most guys can appreciate. Smart script, well shot and edited. Celeste Holm can write me anytime.
½ January 4, 2014
This one caught me by surprise. Joseph Mankiewicz tells the story from the female perspective of the three wives and the friend they all envy who may have left town with one of their husbands. It is smart and entertaining. Love the time period and the story would still hold up today.
Super Reviewer
November 21, 2013
A very entertaining film. Each marriage involves a different relationship with different men. How does an accusation of potential adultery get treated in each circumstance? Will the infamous Addie end up with any of the men?
November 1, 2013
A wonderful little gem. There are some real moments of comics gold hidden in the 3 intertwined love stories. A great who dunnit with a twist.
March 14, 2013
14 years after this, Joseph L. Mankiewicz would direct a massive commercial failure, Cleopatra. It marked the beginning of the end of the huge studio era filmmaking style. Read about and you'll quickly learn why. In 1949 and 1950 he wrote and directed two virtual masterpieces and two of my favorite films ever, A Letter to Three Wives (a virtual masterpiece) and All About Eve (an absolute masterpiece and one of my top five favorite films ever). But this is all about three wives, so let's get into a short summary of why this is such a fabulous film.

To begin with, Mankiewicz's screenplay of Vera Caspary's story adaptation is brilliance. It exemplifies the quick-wittedness and brilliance that came to full fruition in All About Eve. The entire premise of the story is utter brilliance and the entire voiceover is absolutely nailed by Celeste Holm, one of my favorite supporting actresses of the late 40s and early 50s.

As Holm's voiceover performance indicates, the acting is pretty much uniformly brilliant. Ann Sothern is incredibly charming and is essentially a pure joy to watch while also adding a great amount of layering. Kirk Douglas is likewise great (as always) as her husband, portraying the self-confidence issues of his character very well without ever over-doing them. Paul Douglas is charming in an odd sort of way, but it works quite well for his character. Linda Darnell, as Douglass's husband, though, steals the show completely. She should've won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her astonishing work here. As it is, she wasn't even nominated, but that's how it goes. She layers her character magnificently and her lines seem to roll off her tongue. Jeanne Crain is really the only weak link in the film, though her work here is better than her Oscar-nominated work this year for Pinky. I guess her second half, portrayed by Jeffrey Lynn, is another weak link

Overall, this is a just about perfect film. It's somewhat melodramatic, but Mankiewicz's fascinating screenplay makes up for any semi-lackluster qualities of the story.
February 6, 2013
A cinematic gem from 1949 full of mystery and intrigue with a splash or romance and revenge. Beautifully filmed, with a great cast of women, the story captivates and leaves you guessing until the revelation is made. Thoroughly enjoyable and original.
½ October 1, 2012
Interesting concept. I enjoyed the scenarios but the end was just a little too Hollywood for me.
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