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Flashback Friday: “The Letter”

As many of my readers know, I haven’t done Flashback Friday in awhile. Well, I’m happy to say that it’s back!!

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I have always been a fan of Bette Davis, but while hubby was away (one of the times he was in Iraq), I was up very late and The Letter came on.  The opening scene is Bette firing her gun over and over as a man tumbles down the steps.

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From that moment on, I was enthralled!!  I couldn’t take my eyes off the tv.  

TheLetter Movie Poster

But first, a little about the movie.  The film is in the film-noir, drama, mystery, and crime genres.  The Letter stars Bette Davis (Leslie Crosbie) and Herbert Marshall (Robert Crosbie), along with James Stephenson (Howard Joyce – her lawyer and husband’s friend) and Freida Inescort (Dorthy Joyce).  There’s also several other minor players in this movie.  Some of them are quite shady and eerie!!

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Gale Sondergaard (Mrs. Hammond)

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Victor Sen Yung (Ong Chi Seng)








This movie was directed by William Wyler and released by Warner Bros. in 1940.  It was nominated for 7 Oscars at the 1941 Academy Awards in including Bette Davis for Best Actress in Leading Role, Max Steiner for Best Music Original Score, and William Wyler for Best Director.  Other nominations were Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Stephenson), Best Cinematography Black-and-White (Tony Gaudio), and Best Film Editing (Warren Low).  The Letter didn’t win any Oscars, but it did win 2 awards at the 1940 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Letter from IMDb….

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense; a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

And here’s one from TCM….

A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.

One of the most interesting parts of this film is that in the beginning, Leslie (Bette Davis) begins making lace (crocheting).  She’s seen working on it throughout the movie.  The representation of the lace is much like the crime that she committed.  It’s a web of lies and deceit.  It continues to grow.  By the end of the movie, it’s this beautiful lace shawl that Leslie wears to a secret meeting.  It is one of the best figurative objects in film as far as I’m concerned!!

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I highly recommend that you watch this movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it and it never gets old….or boring.  The Letter has stood the test of time and is definitely a classic that’s not to be missed!!

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Grand Opening at Funky Folks Crafts

I don’t know if most of you know or not, but my mom is quite the crafter.  She does crocheting and she makes beaded items and jewelry.  She does other things like knits and sews, but not as often as the other stuff.  Mom comes here every year in early December to participate in the craft sale on post.  She always does very well.  She also attends craft sales locally where she lives too, but it’s a much smaller area to try to sell at.

When Mom decided to retire, I suggested that she open an online store.  She thought about it and decided it might be a good idea.  I told her that I’d help her with it as much as I could.  I definitely wanted to set it all up for her.  After talking to people, I decided to direct Mom to Etsy.  I told her I’d set it up and handle all the photography and shipping.  She was responsible for the creating!!  My goal was to have it open by the new year, but no later than the end of January.  Well, I just made it!!

Mom’s store, Funky Folks Crafts, is now open at Etsy!!  Just for my blog readers, we’re offering a 25% OFF coupon.  Right now, there’s only about 10 items listed, but I’m adding more daily.  Weather permitting, I’ll add more tomorrow.  If you stop by and make a purchase, type in the code BLOG25OFF to receive your 25% off coupon during the check-out process.

If you’re interested in visiting Funky Folks Crafts, simply click the button below.  Remember your 25% off coupon code!!  Shop now because the coupon code expires on 12 February!!

If you do make a purchase, please keep in mind that we only ship on Tuesday and Friday.  Right now, we have a winter storm moving through and there is the possibility that power will go out or that I won’t be able to leave the house for a few days to ship any purchases.  If you don’t hear from me after a purchase, keep this in mind and know that we’ll be in touch and ship just as soon as possible!!

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