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Monday, December 29, 2014

"The Letter" (1940)

Bette Davis gets the full-gloss Warner Brothers treatment in this film adaptation of a Somerset Maugham play. She's a murderess wife of a rubber plantation owner, the always stolid Herbert Marshall. Was it self defense? Is she lying? Will her selfless lawyer, James Stephenson, save her from the death penalty? Who cares when the whole thing looks and sounds this good. Added bonus: Gale Sondergaard as Bette's nemesis in full Shanghai Lily Chinese getup; love that beaded curtain entrance! 

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