The Unfaithful (1947)





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Though not readily apparent at first, The Unfaithful is a remake of the 1940 Bette Davis vehicle The Letter, which in turn was adapted from the play by W. Somerset Maugham. The locale of the Maugham original has been shifted from the jungles of Malaya to the cozy confines of a middle-sized American town. Ann Sheridan stars as Chris Hunter, who late one night kills a man who tries to attack her in her own home. At least that's her story: it turns out that the dead man had once had an affair with Chris while her serviceman husband Bob (Zachary Scott) was overseas. When it appears as though Chris might have intentionally murdered her assailant, faithful family friend and attorney Larry Hammaford (Lew Ayres) puts his career and reputation on the line by suppressing a valuable piece of evidence. Shorn of the class and race consciousness -- not to mention the eroticism and bitter irony -- of the Maugham original, The Unfaithful is able to move more logically to a happy (or at least satisfying) denouement.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Ann Sheridan
as Chris Hunter
Lew Ayres
as Larry Hannaford
Zachary Scott
as Bob Hunter
Eve Arden
as Paula
Jerome Cowan
as Prosecuting Attorney
Steven Geray
as Martin Barrow
John Hoyt
as Detective-Lieutenant Reynolds
Peggy Knudsen
as Claire
Marta Mitrovich
as Mrs. Tanner
Claire Meade
as Martha
Louis Austin
as Middle-aged Woman
Maude Fealy
as Old Maid
Carey Harrison
as Seedy Man
Richard Walsh
as Reporter
Betty Hill
as Reporter
Charles Marsh
as Reporter
Bob Lowell
as Reporter
George Hickman
as Newsboy
Bob Alden
as Newsboy
Paul Bradley
as Mr. Tanner
Ray Montgomery
as Secretary
Mary Field
as Receptionist
Monte Blue
as Businessman
Jack Mower
as Plainclothesman
Jean De Briac
as Maitre d'
Lois Austin
as Middle-aged Woman
Ross Ford
as Young Man
Eve Whitney
as Young Woman
Dorothy Christy
as Mrs. Freedley
Charles Jordan
as Attendant
Paul Cavanagh
as Ronald Kilkerry
Julie Compton
as Gemma Houston
Donald Cook
as Terry Houston
Paul Lukas
as Colin Graham
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Critic Reviews for The Unfaithful

All Critics (1)

A satisfactory glossy remake of Wyler's The Letter.

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Audience Reviews for The Unfaithful

THE UNFAITHFUL is a very tepid remake or sort of spin on THE LETTER. But if you strip out Maughn's repressed sexuality what do you have? Not much. Though Eve Arden has one amazing moment that actually makes this film an interesting time machine.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

A reworking of The Letter whose main strong points are Ann Sheridan in the lead and most of all Eve Arden as her wisecracking friend. Not up to the original but on it's own an enjoyable film.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

good A movie from WB all star cast but seems like bette davis' the letter oh yeah its the same story!

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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