Released Date: November 23, 1940
Director: William Wyler
Actors: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard, Bruce Lester, Elizabeth Inglis, Cecil Kellaway, and Victor Sen Yung
Lux Radio Theather presented in a sixty minute adaptation of The Letter. Reprising their movie rolls, is Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall. I'll tell you, it is always fun listening to the Lux programs. Even now. And being a huge old movie fan, the Lux Radio is my favorite. Have you ever listened to Lights Out? My second favorite radio program. It is always relaxing listening to a program before bed, or while laying in bed for the night. I especially love how the Radio was able to take a two hour, or more or less, movie and fit it into either a one hour or half hour program. But it's double awesome when the same actors play their parts again. I think it would be really cool to see the radio bring back the oldies. When I brought up Lights Out earlier, I wonder if that was the radio program coming on the night Grace Kelly's character was to be killed in Dial M For Murder. The Letter is a very fun and suspenseful film. Bette Davis is great at playing the "Bad Guy" and you can tell she has fun doing it! She is such a great actress that anything she did turned into gold. She even played a great Queen.
Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) was at home one evening while her husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) was working. While she was alone, she claims that the man she shot and killed tried to make a pass at her. So the murder was in self defense. Now Leslie and Robert need to visit Singapore where they face the Attorney General who will make the final call of the trial. Leslie's solicitor, Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) finds out that there was a letter sent to the man who was murdered the day of his death. The letter contained a piece of vital information that will set the trials ending. Although Leslie's husband forgives her, the widow of the deceased however has different feelings.