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Dear Ruth (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 June 1947 (USA)
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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Ruth See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it is thought by some that J.D. Salinger got the name for his hero Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye" when he saw a marquee for Dear Ruth (1947), starring 'William Holden' and Joan Caulfield, Salinger's first Holden Caulfield story, "I'm Crazy," appeared in Collier's on December 22, 1945, a year and a half before this movie came out. 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: [on phone] I'll talk to you later. A prominent member of the last generation just walked in.
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Connections

Followed by Dear Brat (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

FINE THINGS
Written by Johnny Mercer and Robert Emmett Dolan
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Highly recommend
11 February 1999 | by huffSee all my reviews

This was one of the most delightful films I have ever seen. Film makers have forgotten what the elements of a good film are. This one has it all: character development, snappy dialogue, humor, love, and a happy ending. The actors and actresses tell their story not only with words, but with their expressions and other non-verbal communication. Who needs fantastic stories, mindless violence, etc. This kind of film really entertains.


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