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A master blend of high comedy and tense emotional drama, A Letter of Introduction reteams [[Performer~P48438~Adolphe Menjou~adolphemenjou]], [[Performer~P41546~Andrea Leeds~andrealeeds]], and [[Performer~P5593~Edgar Bergen~edgarbergen]] & [[Performer~P46945~Charlie McCarthy~dummy:charliemccarthy]], who'd previously costarred in the negligible [[Feature~V20221~Goldwyn Follies~thegoldwynfollies]]. [[Performer~P48438~Menjou~adolphemenjou]] plays John Mannering, a [[Performer~P4291~Barrymoresque~johnbarrymore]] actor who years earlier had divorced his wife and severed his relationship with his daughter Kay ([[Performer~P41546~Andrea Leeds~andrealeeds]]). 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 ([[Performer~P186430~Anne Sheridan~annesheridan]]), who falsely assumes that Kay is Mannering's mistress, and Kay's own romantic travails with vaudeville hoofer Barry Paige ([[Performer~P51445~George Murphy~georgemurphy]]). Meanwhile, Kay's ventriloquist friend [[Performer~P5593~Bergen~edgarbergen]] and his dummy [[Performer~P46945~McCarthy~dummy:charliemccarthy]] rise to superstardom on radio. It is, in fact, [[Performer~P5593~Bergen~edgarbergen]] 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
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Backgammon Man
George Humbert
as Musician on Stage
Armand Kaliz
as Jules, the Barber
Chester Clute
as Doctor
Richard Tucker
as Gossip
Morgan Wallace
as Editor
Esther Ralston
as Mrs. Sinclair
Constance Moore
as Autograph Seeker
Kathleen Howard
as Aunt Jonnie
Claire Whitney
as Nurse
Alphonse Martell
as Maitre d'Hotel
May Boley
as Mrs. Meggs
Dorothy Granger
as Women at Party
Don "Red" Barry
Don Brodie
as Reporter
Kane Richmond
as Man
Doris Lloyd
as Charlotte
Robert E. Homans
Dick Winslow
as Elevator Boy
Leonard Mudie
as Critic
Ray Walker
as Reporter
Crauford Kent
as Mr. Sinclair
Walter Perry
as Backstage Doorman
John Archer
Charles Sherlock
Russell Hopton
as Process Server
Frank Reicher
Irving Bacon
Theodore Von Eltz
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Raleigh
Natalie Moorhead
as Mrs. Maud Raleigh
Ernest Cossart
as Andrews, Mannering's Butler
Rolfe Sedan
as Fitter
Inez Courtney
Frank Jenks
as Joe
Wade Boteler
as Policeman
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
Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Editor
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