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THE LETTER1940

The Letter

The Letter
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Source of Film

SOURCE OF FILM

The Casuarina Tree (1926)

The short story The Letter, based on actual events that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia, in 1911, is included in this collection published in 1926.

Maugham adapted the story into a play that premiered in the West End in 1927. A hit in London, the play also opened later the same year on Broadway.

Producer/Director Detail

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR DETAIL

William Wyler

Film Synopsis

RUNTIME & SYNOPSIS

1 hour, 35 minutes

Bette Davis stars as a plantation wife who murders her lover.

Directed by William Wyler.

Film Comments

FILM COMMENTS

This version is a remake.   The original was released in 1929 by Paramount Pictures.   Herbert Marshall appeared in both films, although playing different roles.

Film Awards

FILM AWARDS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

OSCAR NOMINEE

MPAA Rating

MPAA RATING

Film is unrated

Box Office Ranking

BOX OFFICE RANKING

  • 1940 Domestic Box Office Rank: #41 [1]U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

GROSS

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $111 [1]U.S. flag

Original Film Distributor

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Film Synopsis

RUNTIME & SYNOPSIS

1 hour, 35 minutes

Bette Davis stars as a plantation wife who murders her lover.

Directed by William Wyler.

Film Comments

FILM COMMENTS

This version is a remake.   The original was released in 1929 by Paramount Pictures.   Herbert Marshall appeared in both films, although playing different roles.

Film Awards

FILM AWARDS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

OSCAR NOMINEE

MPAA Rating

MPAA RATING

Film is unrated

Box Office Ranking

BOX OFFICE RANKING

  • 1940 Domestic Box Office Rank: #41 [1]U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

GROSS

  • (Adjusted Gross in $millions)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $111 [1]U.S. flag

Original Film Distributor

DISTRIBUTOR

Sources

SOURCES