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Letter of Introduction

Released Aug 5, 1938 1h 44m Drama List
Reviews 29% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A budding actress (Andrea Leeds) learns from her late mother's letter that she is the daughter of a famous actor (Adolphe Menjou). Read More Read Less

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John Kinloch California Eagle The extreme care with which the settings were constructed are tremendous in maintaining the sense of reality for which Stahl always aims. Oct 30, 2019 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine It would be a low-keyed and... rather depressing picture, if it weren't for the exhilarating presence of Charlie McCarthy. Aug 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Eddy L Overall a very good movie. Edgar and Charlie had the number 1 radio show at the time so they were used for ticket sales and comedy. Loved them but they were not necessary. Ending was sad but very realistic. Watch on YouTube free with no advertisements! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/21/24 Full Review Steve D Perhaps not worthy of its stars but fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Audience Member gr8 cast makes this one go Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review kevin w Two stories intersect here: one, that of the New York underground of performers waiting for that big break, to be discovered, but still a "family" helping each other out through the tough times until that happens (see Stage Door, 1937, made only a year before this one and with much of the same cast) and two, that of a father and daughter reconnecting after years of not meeting. Need I mention that both the father (Adolphe Menjoe) and the daughter (Andrea Leeds) are in show business? And so another 1930's-style Hollywood glamour job on theater life. The other half of the film however works real hard to sell Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy to us, both (how else?) given mucho screen time, but unfortunately with only a poor script. It's not their best presentation. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou have a nice chemistry as the daughter finding her long lost father in this lovely little drama. Eve Arden is inimitable as ever as the wisecracking best friend, and the always welcome Rita Johnson and Ann Sheridan show up in small parts. Depending on your tolerance or liking for Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy be aware that the movie stops dead at one point for about 10 minutes for his routine. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member You simply can't naturally work a ventriloquist into a movie. But Edgar Bergen made his dummy act work on radio for 20 years, for crying out loud, so his star-power demanded respect. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A budding actress (Andrea Leeds) learns from her late mother's letter that she is the daughter of a famous actor (Adolphe Menjou).
Director
John M. Stahl
Producer
John M. Stahl
Screenwriter
Sheridan Gibney, Leonard Spigelgass
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 5, 1938, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 19, 2019
Runtime
1h 44m