Poison Pen (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

Poison Pen (1939)





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In this psychological drama set in a small English village, the villagers become hysterical after a series of damning anonymous letters are posted accusing different residents of scandalous acts. The townsfolk are soon so panicked that murder and suicide ensue until the police hire an expert to analyze the handwriting. The results lead to the vicar's spinster sister--a virtuous, and highly respected local philanthropist.


Robert Newton
as Sam Hurrin
Flora Robson
as Mary Rider
Ann Todd
as Ann Rider
Reginald Tate
as Rev. Rider
Belle Chrystall
as Sucal Hurrin
Edward Chapman
as Len Griffin
Athole Stewart
as Col. Cashelton
Mary Hinton
as Mrs. Cashelton
Belle Chrystal
as Sucal Hurrin
Cyril Chamberlain
as Peter Cashelton
Catherine Lacey
as Connie Fateley
Wally Patch
as Mr. Suggs
Ella Retford
as Mrs. Suggs
Marjorie Rhodes
as Mrs. Scaife
Beatrice Varley
as Mrs. Jenkins
Peter Murray-Hill
as (uncredited)
Laurence Kitchin
as Shop Assistant
Kenneth Connor
as Boy in Post Office
Megs Jenkins
as Barmaid
Esma Cannon
as Mrs Warren
Eileen Beldon
as Miss Reynolds
Merle Tottenham
as Mrs. Kemp
Charles Mortimer
as Inspector Colclough
Roddy Hughes
as Handwriting Expert
Roddy McDowall
as Choirboy (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Poison Pen

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The film builds on the dubious premise that inside every highbrow is a lowbrow dying to get out.

February 26, 2015 | Full Review…

What interested us particularly was the direction, credited to Paul L. Stein, not because it's good but because we used to admire his work some years ago when he was making pictures in Hollywood.

April 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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