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Like It Better Than The Letter
Loved the top billed cast,and the supporting actors,too!What happened to the blackmailing widow & gallery "Objets De Art" owner?They should've faced some wrath of Khan.The widow was despicable,not sympathetic at all,makes Gale Sondergard in The Letter a nice woman in comparison.The victim of the attempted crime-stalking at the least wasn't treated too sympathetically either.Yes,she should've been truthful and not deny she knew the intruder.Glad there was a truce between hubby and wife,Lew Eyres is great.Ann Sheridan starting to age,unfortunately.
An unheralded gem
A great supporting cast and great writing make this film noir a pleasure to watch. Standout performances from Eve Arden and Lew Ayers are highlights.
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- Barry Lane
Serenade is referenced as a possible vehicle for Sheridan and Dennis O'Keefe. That is an error and Dennis Morgan should have been listed as her possible co-star.
This film is DEFINITELY a remake of "The Letter" but with a different twist on the blackmail angle. There is no doubt, however, of what they tried to do. Unfortunately, Ann Sheridan doesn't do the hand-wringing and caught guilty act very well, something at which the great Bette Davis excelled at! Sheridan was much more suited to the smiling, upbeat gal she portrayed in other films, notably "Kings Row." Lew Ayres is quite good here but Zachary Scott has done a lot better in other films.
I didn't particularly liked Ann Sheridan's acting in this film. I thought she over played her role. I could listen to Eve Arden ( and laugh ) all day long.
Not the best adaptation. But good.
Sheridan is okay, but I think she lacked the depth for this part, As did Scott. But this is good film noir. Arden is fun.
This is NOT a Remake of The Letter
Must clarify per other reviewer. This is an original screenplay. And pretty original it is. Performances are top notch by all concerned. The Max Steiner score is extremely distinctive, and it grabs from from the beginning of the title sequence.
Not as good as the original
This film is a remake of "The Letter" with Bette Davis. While it is entertaining (Eve Arden was always one of my favorites) it's not as good as "The Letter."
STYLISH LATE 40s FILM NOIR. Ann Sheridan at her beautiful best and Eve Arden at her sardonic best!!!