Letter of Introduction (1938)

100 or 104 mins | Melodrama | 29 July 1938

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HISTORY

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 ... More Less

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. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Jul 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Jul 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Aug 38
p. 44.
New York Times
1 Sep 38
p. 17.
Variety
3 Aug 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John M. Stahl Production; Charles R. Rogers in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr to dial
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Standby painter
COSTUMES
Gowns
Ladies wardrobe
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus copyist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
First grip
Dir secy
Tech person
Still photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 July 1938
Production Date:
23 March--4 June 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
8 August 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8194
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100 or 104
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4205
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 ... +


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. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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