Letter of Introduction

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Letter of Introduction is a 1938 American comedy-drama film directed by John M. Stahl.

Letter of Introduction
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Directed byJohn M. Stahl
Produced byJohn M. Stahl
Written bySheridan Gibney
Leonard Spigelgass
Screenplay byBernice Boone
StarringSee below
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyKarl Freund
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 5, 1938 (1938-08-05) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.1 million[1]

In 1966, the film entered the public domain in the United States because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[2]


An aging actor, John Mannering, is surprised when his estranged daughter, Kay Martin, shows up. She is an actress trying to succeed on Broadway. He is persuaded to perform on Broadway for the first time in twelve years in a play with her. He is anxious about his performance, so turns to alcohol to overcome his self-doubt. He tries to re-establish his relationship with his daughter while trying to hide from the press that she is his daughter.



  1. ^ Dick, Bernard K. (2015). City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 116. ISBN 9780813158891.
  2. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal. 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313. S2CID 191633078.

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