Letter of Introduction


1h 44m 1938

Brief Synopsis

An aging actor, trying to make a comeback on Broadway, is surprised when his estranged daughter shows up. It seems that she is an actress and is also trying to make it on Broadway. He tries to re-establish his relationship with her while also trying to hide the fact that she is his daughter from the press.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 29, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

Synopsis

After her mother's death, struggling actress Katherine "Kay" Martin meets and falls in love with dancer Barry Paige in New York just before she delivers a "letter of introduction" to stage and screen idol John Mannering. Mannering is deeply touched to discover from the letter that Kay is his daughter by a wife he had abandoned in Nashville, but their decision not to tell of this connection arouses the jealousy of Barry and breaks Mannering's engagement to Lydia Hoyt. Despite his occasional irresponsibility, Mannering showers affection on Kay and boosts the career of her friend, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Convinced that Kay is unfaithful to him, Barry proposes to his dance partner, Honey, and leaves on a tour, while an unhappy Kay is given a role opposite Mannering in a Broadway production. Nervous because of his long absence from the theater, Mannering gets drunk on opening night, muffs his lines, and collapses on stage. Afterward, the distraught Mannering walks in front of a moving taxi and dies before he is able to tell reporters that Kay is his daughter. Kay, on her way back to her home town, encounters Barry, who had never married and who still loves her. Kay shows him her letter, finally revealing her secret.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 29, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

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Notes

Universal production files at the USC Cinema-Television Library include a contributing writer credit for someone named Green; this May have been writer George Green. Edgar Bergen's dummy, "Mortimer Snerd," appeared with him for the first time in this film.