The Letter

The Letter (1940)

Fascinating, Tantalizing and DANGEROUS!

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1940-11-21
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 177 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: William Wyler
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From 177 Ratings


After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.

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  • Bette Davis

    as Leslie Crosbie
  • Herbert Marshall

    as Robert Crosbie
  • James Stephenson

    as Howard Joyce
  • Frieda Inescort

    as Dorothy Joyce
  • Gale Sondergaard

    as Mrs. Hammond
  • Bruce Lester

    as John Withers
  • Elizabeth Inglis

    as Adele Ainsworth
  • Cecil Kellaway

    as Prescott
  • Victor Sen Yung

    as Ong Chi Seng
  • Doris Lloyd

    as Mrs. Cooper
  • Willie Fung

    as Chung Hi
  • Tetsu Komai

    as Head Boy
  • Zita Baca

    as Woman (uncredited)
  • Brooks Benedict

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • William A. Boardway

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • David Bruce

    as Man (uncredited)
  • James Carlisle

    as Attorney (uncredited)
  • George Ford

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Roland Got

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Holmes Herbert

    as Robert's Friend at Bar at Party (uncredited)
  • Charles Irwin

    as Bob's Friend (uncredited)
  • Pete G. Katchenaro

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Crauford Kent

    as Robert's Friend at Bar (uncredited)
  • Carl M. Leviness

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • Al Lloyd

    as Man at Trial (uncredited)
  • Robert Locke Lorraine

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • Philo McCullough

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • Leonard Mudie

    as Fred (uncredited)
  • David Newell

    as Geoffrey Hammond (uncredited)
  • Paul Panzer

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • Thomas Pogue

    as Juror #10 (uncredited)
  • John Ridgely

    as Driver (uncredited)
  • Leslie Sketchley

    as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
  • Douglas Walton

    as Well Wisher (uncredited)
  • Leo White

    as Man at Trial (uncredited)
  • Otto Yamaoka

    as Bartender at Party (uncredited)
Production Jack L. Warner Executive In Charge Of Production
Sound Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Production Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer
Art Carl Jules Weyl Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Orry-Kelly Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Perc Westmore Makeup Artist
Writing Howard Koch Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Gordon Bau Makeup Artist
Directing William Wyler Director
Production William Wyler Producer
Sound Dolph Thomas Sound
Sound Hugo Friedhofer Orchestrator
Sound Leo F. Forbstein Music Director
Editing Warren Low Editor
Editing George Amy Editor
Writing W. Somerset Maugham Theatre Play
Camera Tony Gaudio Director of Photography
Production Robert Lord Associate Producer
Crew Louis Vincenot Technical Advisor
Crew John Villasin Technical Advisor