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The Unfaithful (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1947 (USA)
A Los Angeles socialite kills a man while home alone one night and claims he was an intruder she did not know. It seems like a clear case of self defense until the story hits the papers and people connected to the dead man come forward.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

David Goodis (original screenplay), James Gunn (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Chris Hunter
Lew Ayres ... Larry Hannaford
Zachary Scott ... Bob Hunter
Eve Arden ... Paula
Jerome Cowan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Steven Geray ... Martin Barrow
John Hoyt ... Det. Lieut. Reynolds
Peggy Knudsen ... Claire
Marta Mitrovich Marta Mitrovich ... Mrs. Tanner
Douglas Kennedy ... Roger
Claire Meade Claire Meade ... Martha
Frances Morris ... Agnes
Jane Harker ... Joan
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Storyline

Chris Hunter kills an intruder and tells her husband and lawyer it was an act of self-defense. It's later revealed that he was actually her lover and she had posed for an incriminating statue he created. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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If she were yours, could you forgive? See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ehebruch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,822,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Letter" (and adapted for this film) by W. Somerset Maugham opened at the Morosco Theater on September 26, 1927 and ran for 104 performances. See more »

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Quotes

Paula: [referring to Bob's time away from his wife while in the army] Two and a half years is a long time.
Bob Hunter: I managed it.
Paula: In the South Pacific. Try it on Wilshire Boulevard.
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Connections

Version of The Letter (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep Night
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Music by Charles Henderson
Heard in the restaurant
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Ann Sheridan is excellent in this fine reworking of the classic "The Letter"
21 October 2007 | by Emaisie39See all my reviews

I just saw this on TCM and was so surprised at how gripping it was. Loosely based on Somerset Maugham's "The Letter" that was a major early talkie hit for Jeanne Eagels at Paramount and then remade into a the William Wyler-Bette Davis-Warner Brothers classic of 1940, this version pulls you in and gives Ann Sheridan one of her finest roles. Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden and Marta Miltrovich are all outstanding as well. Top notch Jerry Wald production includes excellent Max Steiner score, superb Ernest Haller cinematography, and a very good script. Outstanding direction by Vincent Sherman allows Sheridan to shine in her central role as a woman who kills a supposed stranger in self-defense and then watches her life implode around her. The ending is the only letdown. Definitely a must for fans of the "Oomph Girl" at her Warner Brothers peak.


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