A Letter to Three Wives
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)

Three wives, played by Jeanne Crain, Ann Sothern and Linda Darnell, are about to embark on a boat trip when each receives a letter, written by a mutual friend named Addie, informing her that Addie is about to run off with one of their… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 20, 1949
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Despite its emotional intensity, the film is comic, effervescently so, and its magical ending lends wit a metaphysical dimension.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sophisticated and witty slice of life drama.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

If this were a comedy it might be considered a comedy of manners, because it's all about the social customs of an age-and all the actors do a fine job of bringing the age's nuances to their characters.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Mankiewicz's writing is bright and hard -- he's sharpening his teeth for All About Eve, made the next year -- but his acid wit is almost too much for his fragile characters to bear.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

There's a lot more focus on the development of the women while the men in their lives are really just window dressing. It's this angle that makes the film most intriguing.

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Jeff Beck

"A Letter to Three Wives" remains a very poignant and universal story today, giving you the feeling that it could take place anytime and anywhere. Of course, it also helps that it's just a good old fashioned and entertaining experience.

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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

A brilliantly handled exercise in building understanding of three highly strung characters and the men in their lives.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's riveting melodrama is set up like a whodunit, only instead of a murderer, the guilty party is a philandering husband.

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Emanuel Levy

Mankiewicz's plot device is brilliant and intriguing: On the way to an annual picnic, three housewives learn through a letter that the town's most desirable woman had run off with one of their husbands--flashbacks reveal the state of their marriages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie is both dramatic and suspenseful, while telling four different stories, and I liked the ending too. This is a good movie.
Veronique Kwak
"a letter to three wives" is a dialogue-driven psychological drama by joseph l. mankiewicz who contributes to the legendary bette davis classic… More
Randy Tippy
My favorite Linda Darnell film. It's hard to stand out in a cast that includes such greats as Kirk Douglas, Ann Sothern and Jeanne Crain but she still… More
jay nixon
incisive and fun, Linda Darnell is fantastic, Thelma Ritter and Connie Gilchrist make a great team.
Stephen M
I'd forgotten what a great movie this is! Celeste Holm narrates as Addie Ross, the unseen but effortlessly superior friend of three women (Jeanne Crain,… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "A Letter to Three Wives", notorious divorcee Addie Ross has moved out of a suburb but not before she sends a note to her… More