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  • From 1938, Letter of Introduction turned out to be better than I thought it was going to be

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      From 1938, Letter of Introduction turned out to be better than I thought it was going to be. The center of the motion picture was the character of Kay Martin, as played by Andrea Leeds. When we first see her, she’s returning to the boarding house she lives in and is walking with another boarder, Edgar Bergen, who plays Edgar Bergen. Yes, he’s playing himself, a ventriloquist seeking a chance for fame and fortune.

      Along with Bergen for much


      of the film is his dummy, Charlie McCarthy. Charlie has as many lines as his human manipulator. Mortimer Snerd is in the film, too, but it’s more of a cameo than anything else.

      Adolphe Menjou appears as a famous actor, John Mannering, who has retired from the stage but is coaxed into returning for another show. At the same time, he gets a surprise visitor, Kay, who brings to him a surprising letter of introduction. It’s a sweet ...


      • scene, though Mannering has a bit of time facing the reality. Menjou was a bit too flighty for me here. This film could easily have been an in depth study of his quirky personality and insecurities.

        Portraying Kay’s boyfriend is George Murphy. I liked him in this role of Barry Paige. He was the boy next door, a nice chap, and he looked good with Kay. What I didn’t like was the quick assumptions he made and

        also her failure to tell him the truth about what was going on with Mannering.

        In a smaller bit, Ann Sheridan was a standout as the demanding Lydia Hoyt, Mannering’s wife to be. Eve Arden was also strong as a friend of Kay’s and Barry’s.

        We do get a lot of happy endings in this movie, but it’s really not as fulfilling as it should have been. That’s because we know the ending is happy, but we don’t really see it.




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