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A Letter to Three Wives
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1949 • United States
Starring Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Jeanne Crain
Just as they are about to embark on a picnic day trip, three country club wives receive a letter from their acid-tongued “friend” Addie Ross informing them that she has run off with one of their husbands. The catch: she doesn’t indentify which man she has eloped with. Cue a flood of flashbacks as each woman begins reexamining her relationship—and where it may have gone wrong. A stellar ensemble cast—led by Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Paul Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jeffrey Lynn, and Thelma Ritter—lends emotional weight to writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s typically brilliant, cuttingly witty dialogue.