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The Letter

In Singapore, Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) shoots and kills a man, claiming that he tried to take advantage of her. She is arrested and her husband, Robert (Herbert Marshall), hires attorney Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) to defend her. During the trial Howard uncovers an incriminating letter that casts doubt on Leslie's story. The two become embroiled in a blackmail scheme involving a Malayan clerk (Victor Sen Yung) and the dead man's widow (Gale Sondergaard).

Release Date

Nov 22, 1940

Running Time

95 minutes

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Bette Davis

Bette Davis

Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall

James Stephenson


Director William Wyler

Screenplay Howard E. Koch

Producer Hal B. Wallis

Cinematography Tony Gaudio

Editing George Amy, Warren Low

Music Max Steiner

Distributor Warner Bros.

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