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Dear Ruth (1947)

A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.

Director:

William D. Russell

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (screenplay), Norman Krasna (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Caulfield ... Ruth Wilkins
William Holden ... Lt. William Seacroft
Mona Freeman ... Miriam Wilkins
Edward Arnold ... Judge Harry Wilkins
Billy De Wolfe ... Albert Kummer (as Billy DeWolfe)
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Edie Wilkins
Virginia Welles ... Martha Seacroft
Kevin O'Morrison ... Sgt. Chuck Vincent (as Kenny O'Morrison)
Marietta Canty ... Dora
Irving Bacon ... Delivery Man
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Storyline

A normal day in the Wilkins family: reticent beauty Ruth, crusty judge father, petition-happy political activist teen Miriam. Who should show up but Ruth's soldier pen pal Bill Seacroft...whom she doesn't know about. It seems Miriam used her sister's name and picture to build up wartime morale. Ruth reluctantly agrees to "humor" Bill for his 2-day leave, though she's just become engaged to her stuffy suitor Albert. Can Miriam's cloud castle last the weekend without crashing to earth? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It Had to Be a Movie...Cause They Ran Out of Theatres to Show the Play!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Querida Ruth See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

In the last 10 minutes, William Holden forgets that the character's name of Mona Freeman is "Miriam" and he says "Mariam" See more »

Quotes

Miriam Wilkins: Your stomach has to have something to work on, Dad. In the morning, you have an empty 30-feet of small intestine.
Judge Wilkins: Hasn't everybody?
Mrs. Edie Wilkins: I'm in charge of your father's small intestine - all 30 feet of it. And I don't care for such talk at breakfast.
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Connections

Followed by Dear Wife (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

FINE THINGS
Written by Johnny Mercer and Robert Emmett Dolan
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A Delightful Film
1 September 2005 | by filmloverladySee all my reviews

I recently had the opportunity to see this film as what a delight! I can not understand that so many wonderful films of the 40's are not shown on the multiple cable channels. This films was packed with great stars and a very funny storyline. Just having the chance to see a very young Willam Holden was worth anything... What a handsome man!!! These family films seem to be all but forgotten, and it is a shame- I only wish that some of the movie executives would take a second look at some of these treasures and decide to release them on DVD. There were two sequels and they were also really great. What a good idea to release all three in one DVD set! If anyone out there is listening, we want this film on DVD!!!!


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