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The Letter (1940)


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Release date: November 23, 1940
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 95 minutes
IMDB genres: crime, drama, film-noir, mystery, romance
Award Nominations: Oscar: Best Music, Original Score
BYU holdings: https://search.lib.byu.edu/byu/record/lee.6909230

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Cast and Crew

ActorRole
Bette DavisLeslie Crosbie
Herbert MarshallRobert Crosbie
James StephensonHoward Joyce
Gale SondergaardMrs. Hammond
Victor Sen YungOng Chi Seng

William Wyler: director

Hal B. Wallis: producer

Max Steiner: composer

Leo F. Forbstein: musical director

Hugo Friedhofer: orchestrator


Film Statistics

Stats
Film duration: 1:35:03
Music duration: 01:02:02
Pages in score: 194
Total themes: 31
Themes with variants: 10
Total variants: 78
Total gestures: 3
Total underscoring sections: 9
Total underscoring duration: 00:02:58
Total instances: 150

Themes

Name Uses Variants
Hammond A 57 41
Mrs. Hammond 19 17
Hammond B 11 5
Letter 2 8 5
Letter 7 3
Deception 3 2
Native 3 2
Sociable 3 1
Foxtrot No.3 2 0
Glass Curtains 2 0
Law Office 2 1
Lento Mysterioso 2 1
Andante Doloroso 1 0
Chinese Quarter 1 0
Chinese Shop 1 0
Creeping 1 0
Denial 1 0
Distress 1 0
Foxtrot No.1 A 1 0
Foxtrot No.1 B 1 0
Foxtrot No.1 C 1 0
Foxtrot No.2 1 0
Mr. Hammond Has Been Shot 1 0
Murder 1 0
Native 2 1 0
Plantation 1 0
Policeman 1 0
Runners 1 0
Shadow 1 0
Signature 1 0
Waiting 1 0

Gestures

Name
Collapse
Film wipe
Kiss

Underscoring

Name
Dramatic
Mysterious
Tense