James S. Valliant's picture
Submitted by James S. Valliant on Wed, 2006-08-16 00:34

Anyone who hasn't yet seen the film, LOVE LETTERS (1945), and who has access to Turner Classic Movies should catch it when it airs on Wednesday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m. EST/8:00 p.m. PST.

Ayn Rand wrote the beautiful screenplay adaptation of Chris Massie's novel, and lovely Jennifer Jones was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this gem. Jones and Joseph Cotton were "on loan" for this project to producer Hal Wallis (formerly, a producer at Warner Bros. whose previous work included Casablanca) from Jones' hubby David O. Selznick. TCM is having a "Joseph Cotton Day," it seems, so they'll also be playing Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Third Man, and, of course, The Abominable Dr. Phibes. I would also draw your attention to the great supporting performances of Gladys Cooper and Cecil Kellaway. The haunting original score by Victor Young is easily recognizable after having been recycled in a bunch of other films. The director is William Dieterle, famous for directing Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Don't miss it!

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Thanks, James

Craig Ceely's picture

Thanks for the heads up. Love Letters was outstanding, and it was followed, on TMC, by one of the very best films ever made: The Third Man.

Guess it was Babe Night on TMC: Jennifer Jones and Alida Valli. That could be my Holy Trinity, if Rita Hayworth were to be added.

Er, and if I'd been around in the Forties.

Anyway, two great films in one night. Holly's tears are well-earned.


James S. Valliant's picture

I took my own advice. Holly is still in tears.

Brant wrote: >Sad to say,

l's picture

Brant wrote:

>Sad to say, though, it was easier to find great actors and directors >back then. Even the SOBs were better.

Hmmm...FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, anyone?...Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Deborah Kerr...winner of 8 Academy Awards, including the award for that oft-overlooked yet to me most sovereign element in any movie, Best Screenplay (take that, Monsieur *Auteur* Theory - pteh!)...

P.S. Quoth IMDb today: "If you like this title [FHTE], we also recommend...

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)"

Wait till you hear the IMDb's plug several years ago: "If you like this title, we also recommend...

Pearl Harbor (2001)"

Hmmm...Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, the Lancaster and Clift of the *début de siècle*...wake me up in about 2306...

Always willing to help

eg's picture

Always willing to help the cognitively challeged. Smiling



James S. Valliant's picture

OF COURSE! Thanks, Brant, that's 5 in the west and 8 in the east for us in the US -- duh!


eg's picture

It is interesting how the various works of Ayn Rand can be described--e.g., "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" are works of genius. The screenplay of "Love Letters" is the work of a screenwriting expert at the top of her game. If you want to be a screenwriter study this movie. Expertise at plot construction will give you a huge leg up on the competition. Sad to say, though, it was easier to find great actors and directors back then. Even the SOBs were better.


Love Letters

eg's picture

James, your show times are reversed.

I met Jennifer Jones when she visited my A-Team in Moc Hoa, South Vietnam in the Mekong Delta in 1967. Unfortunately, I didn't know about her and the movie then so I could ask her no questions. She later married Norton Simon, a very rich man.

What is most remarkable about the movie is the way Ayn Rand structured the story. Plot, plot, plot. I've read the novel had hardly any to speak of or was completely dissimilar.



jtgagnon's picture

James...Thanks for posting this. Love Letters is, indeed, well worth seeing. If I had access to TCM, I'd watch it again (haven't seen it in some time).

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