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The Letter

1940 Rated NR 1hr 35m

Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel and directed by William Wyler, this drama stars Bette Davis in one of her nastiest film roles. After shooting Geoffrey (David Newell), Leslie (Davis) tells husband Robert (Herbert Marshall) and their lawyer (James Stephenson) that it was self-defense. But Leslie's case begins to fall apart when a letter reveals that she may have planned the murder, and Geoffrey's widow (Gale Sondergaard) attempts blackmail.

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Movie Details

1941 Academy Award®
  • Best Picture nominee
  • Best Actress nominee: Bette Davis
  • Best Cinematography Black and White nominee
  • Best Supporting Actor nominee: James Stephenson
  • Best Film Editing nominee
  • Best Director nominee: William Wyler
  • Best Music Score nominee
Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Screen formats

Full Screen 1.33:1



Closed captioned


Language and sound

English: Dolby Digital Mono

Other features

Filmed in B&W; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; alternate endings;documentaries.