Howard E. Koch
January 19, 1951 (1951-01-19) (United States)
the story "Le Corbeau" by Louis Chavance
Howard Koch (screen play), Louis Chavance (story)
Linda Darnell(Denise Turner),
Charles Boyer(Dr. Paul Laurent),
Michael Rennie(Dr. Pearson),
Constance Smith(Cora Laurent),
Françoise Rosay(Mrs. Gauthier),
Judith Evelyn(Sister Marie Corbin)
Related Otto Preminger movies
A strange kind of KILLER is loose in this Town!
The 13th Letter is a 1951 American film noir drama film directed by Otto Preminger. The film is a remake of the French film Le Corbeau (The Raven, 1943) directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
Doctor Pearson (Michael Rennie), who works at a Canadian hospital in the province of Quebec, receives a series of poison pen letters. More letters, all signed with the mysterious picture of a feather, are delivered to others in the small Canadian town. Cora Laurent (Constance Smith), the wife of the main doctor - Dr. Laurent (Charles Boyer) - at the hospital, receives a letter accusing her of having an affair with Pearson. Another letter informs a shell-shocked veteran Mr. Gauthier that he is dying of cancer, causing the distraught man to commit suicide. Quickly, the townsfolk begin pointing fingers at all possible suspects.
Channel 4's review of this film praised the cinematography and music score: "The movie is redolent with atmosphere: Joseph LaShelle's photography accentuates the black and shadows, and there's dark shading too in Alex North's music. The film is dominated by death and melancholy, and by Françoise Rosay as the matriarch responsible for the trouble."
The 13th letter by alex north 1951
ReferencesThe 13th Letter Wikipedia
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