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A master blend of high comedy and tense emotional drama, A Letter of Introduction reteams Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who'd previously costarred in the negligible Charlie McCarthy. Menjou plays John Mannering, a Barrymoresque actor who years earlier had divorced his wife and severed his relationship with his daughter Kay (Andrea Leeds). Now a grown woman, Kay aspires to an acting career, fully determined to make it on her own without her father's help. She goes so far as to change her last name to Martin, and to keep her actual relationship to Mannering a secret from the public. This set-up leads to a dizzying series of complications, including the breakup of Mannering's romance with a tootsie named Lydia Hoyt (Anne Sheridan), who falsely assumes that Kay is Mannering's mistress, and Kay's own romantic travails with vaudeville hoofer Barry Paige (George Murphy). Meanwhile, Kay's ventriloquist friend Bergen and his dummy McCarthy rise to superstardom on radio. It is, in fact, Bergen and Charlie who are instrumental in reuniting the estranged Mannering and Kay, paving the way for the film's tear-stained conclusion. Unavailable for many years, A Letter of Introduction re-emerged on the Public Domain circuit in 1975. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Adolphe Menjou
as John Mannering
Andrea Leeds
as Kay Martin
Edgar Bergen
as Edgar Bergen
George Murphy
as Barry Paige
Rita Johnson
as Honey
Ann Sheridan
as Lydia Hoyt
Eve Arden
as Cora Phelps
John Archer
Irving Bacon
Don "Red" Barry
May Boley
as Mrs. Meggs
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Chester Clute
as Doctor
Ernest Cossart
as Andrews, Mannering's Butler
Inez Courtney
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Raleigh
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Backgammon Man
Dorothy Granger
as Women at Party
Jonathan Hale
as Lou Woodstock
Russell Hopton
as Process Server
Kathleen Howard
as Aunt Jonnie
George Humbert
as Musician on Stage
Frank Jenks
as Joe
Armand Kaliz
as Jules, the Barber
Crauford Kent
as Mr. Sinclair
Doris Lloyd
as Charlotte
Alphonse Martell
as Maitre d'Hotel
Constance Moore
as Autograph Seeker
Natalie Moorhead
as Mrs. Maud Raleigh
Leonard Mudie
as Critic
Walter Perry
as Backstage Doorman
Esther Ralston
as Mrs. Sinclair
Frank Reicher
Kane Richmond
as Man
Rolfe Sedan
as Fitter
Charles Sherlock
Richard Tucker
as Gossip
Theodore Von Eltz
Ray Walker
as Reporter
Morgan Wallace
as Editor
Claire Whitney
as Nurse
Dick Winslow
as Elevator Boy
Robert E. Homans
Morgan Wallace
as Editor
Constance Moore
as Autograph Seeker
Leonard Mudie
as Critic
Armand Kaliz
as Jules, the Barber
Ernest Cossart
as Andrews, Mannering's Butler
Richard Tucker
as Gossip
Esther Ralston
as Mrs. Sinclair
Frank Jenks
as Joe
George Humbert
as Musician on Stage
Kathleen Howard
as Aunt Jonnie
Dick Winslow
as Elevator Boy
Kane Richmond
as Man
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Backgammon Man
Walter Perry
as Backstage Doorman
Claire Whitney
as Nurse
Dorothy Granger
as Women at Party
Ray Walker
as Reporter
Crauford Kent
as Mr. Sinclair
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
Natalie Moorhead
as Mrs. Maud Raleigh
Alphonse Martell
as Maitre d'Hotel
May Boley
as Mrs. Meggs
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Raleigh
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Rolfe Sedan
as Fitter
Chester Clute
as Doctor
Doris Lloyd
as Charlotte
Russell Hopton
as Process Server
Jonathan Hale
as Lou Woodstock

Crew

John M. Stahl
Director
John M. Stahl
Producer
Sheridan Gibney
Screenwriter
Leonard Spigelgass
Screenwriter
Karl W. Freund
Cinematographer
Charles Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Kent
Editor
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