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Love Letters (1945)





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Ayn Rand wrote this adaptation of Chris Massie's book Pity Mr. Simplicity, about a soldier who falls in love with a former comrade's wife -- an amnesiac who may have murdered her husband. The story begins in Italy when two soldiers, Allen Quinton (Joseph Cotten) and Roger Morland (Robert Sully), hatch a scheme concerning Singleton (Jennifer Jones), his girl back home. Allen agrees to write love letters to Singleton for his friend and, based on the heartfelt emotions evident in the letters, she falls in love with Roger. Returning home, Singleton and Roger marry, but Roger proves to be a drunken, abusive husband. One night, as Roger is beating Singleton, he is stabbed to death by her stepmother. Singleton goes in to shock, rendering her unable to recall the murder, while her stepmother has a stroke, making her unable to speak. Accused of murder, Singleton is sentenced to a year in jail. Allen, in the meantime, hears about the murder of his friend and comes to visit Singleton, and the two proceed to fall in love.


Joseph Cotten
as Allen Quinton
Jennifer Jones
as Singleton/Victoria Morland
Ann Richards
as Dilly Carson
Anita Louise
as Helen Wentworth
Gladys Cooper
as Beatrice Remington
Byron Barr
as Derek Quinton
Gig Young
as Derek Quinton
Robert Sully
as Roger Morland
Reginald Denny
as Defense Attorney
James Millican
as Jim Connings
Lumsden Hare
as Mr. Quinton
Winifred Harris
as Mrs. Quinton
Ethel May Halls
as Bishop's Wife
David Clyde
as Postman
Ian Wolfe
as Vicar
Conrad Binyon
as Boy in Library
Nina Borget
as Barmaid in Italian Inn
Louise Currie
as Clara Foley
George Humbert
as Proprietor of Italian Inn
Clifford Brooke
as Cart Driver
Ottola Nesmith
as Attendant
Helena Grant
as Attendant
Catherine Craig
as Jeanette Campbell
Anthony Marsh
as Young Man at Party
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Critic Reviews for Love Letters

All Critics (3)

It's all on the preposterous side, but it's done with such conviction and artistry that both its melodrama and its unabashed romanticism work.

April 20, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Fine '40s love/weeper with Jennifer Jones as strong central.

April 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Never managed to stir me with its depressing soap opera love story and its gooey ending.

February 15, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love Letters


Messy and melodramatic, Love letters offered good acting ensemble but awful direction and screenplay. The whole plot was predictable, the ending was really disappointing. I was expecting more from Ayn Rand but even a genius cannot transform a doomed story.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


Jennifer Jones does seem to end up in these overly sentimental pieces. Unlike Love is a Many Splendored Thing, this one doesn't work as effectively. Yucky yucky in the end.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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