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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!

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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

Lt. Seacroft wears on his shoulder the insignia of the 15th U.S. Army Air Force which saw action in the Mediterranean and European Theaters during WWII, primarily from bases in Italy after that country was liberated by the Allies. 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

Mrs. Edie Wilkins: How'd you sleep dear?
Judge Wilkins: Like a top. Spun all night.
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FINE THINGS
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THE SUPPORTING CAST....... .. DE WOLFE/FREEMAN/ARNOLD
23 April 1999 | by renfield54See all my reviews

Wonderful performances by all. Marvelously executed comedy. For those who don't already know, J.D. Salinger, the author, spotted the movie marquee heralding the stars of this movie, William Holden and Joan Caulfield. Thus, the inspiration for his character's name in "Catcher in the Rye", Holden Caulfield.

Looking to the supporting cast, Billy de Wolfe gets to play the same character (or is it really him?),he always plays, prissy and particular. De Wolfe never fails comedically and is a major factor in taking this film over the top. The 2 sequels, Dear Wife and Dear Brat, were showcases for him. Even in the 1960's TV sitcom "Good Morning World", with Joby Baker and Ronnie Schell, de Wolfe's signature character still brought laughs.

Now, to Mona Freeman. Although she never achieved major stardom, or any stardom in adulthood, she carved a nice niche for herself playing the precocious teenager in many films. Freeman made enough of a mark in her day to be immortalized (caricatured) in cartoons, just like the more recognize-able Bogey and Bing. Think about it, yup, that was her.

In Dear Ruth, Freeman was ever the volunteer or manipulator. She ends up as a very positive female role model. Even more so because of the "place" of women in the 1940's. She was a very talented young lady. Freeman's interaction with her dad, Edward Arnold, is universal and timeless. A fine performance by Arnold "squeezes" all the humor out of what should be typical and predictable dad/daughter(s) comedy. Arnold was the perfect choice for the dad.

This was a very funny ensemble performance. It's great family entertainment. Dear Ruth was deserving of 2 sequels....


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