A Letter to Three Wives Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas, Jeffrey Lynn

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz earned two Academy awards (Best Director and Best Screenplay) for this movie he directed in 1949.
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The setting is a small American town near NYC. Three women receive a letter from Addie Ross, a character who doesn't appear physically in the movie but who's the subject of everyone's conversations. Addie Ross informs them that she's just definitely left town in the company of the husband of one of these wives. Deborah, Lora Mae and Rita will spend the next hours remembering moments of their respective lives with the fear that Addie Ross seduced their own husband.

Deborah, the daughter of a farmer, met Brad in the army. As Addie was Brad's girl-friend before the war, she's the one who fears the most Addie's threat. Rita is married to George, a professor, and often quarrels with him because she's earning more money than he is by working as a radio journalist. Lora Mae was Porter's secretary before marrying him. Now Porter is almost sure that Lora Mae married him for his money only. It seems that each of the three husbands had a good reason to leave his wife and start a new life with Addie Ross.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of A Letter to Three Wives

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American Northeast Woman/class/friends story?    -   women's (plural) story

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None Is this movie based on a    -   book

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