GenreFilm-Noir, Mystery ScreenplayHoward E. Koch CountryUnited States
Release dateJanuary 19, 1951 (1951-01-19) (United States) Based onthe story "Le Corbeau"
by Louis Chavance WriterHoward Koch (screen play), Louis Chavance (story) CastLinda 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) Similar moviesRelated Otto Preminger movies
TaglineA 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.
Linda Darnell as Denise Tourneur
Charles Boyer as Dr. Laurent
Michael Rennie as Dr. Pearson
Constance Smith as Cora Laurent
Françoise Rosay as Mrs. Gauthier
Judith Evelyn as Sister Marie Corbin
Guy Sorel as Robert Helier
June Hedin as Rochelle Turner
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."