Actors: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Love Letters|
|During World War II, Alan Quinton is stationed in Italy. He's friends with Roger Moreland. Roger met Victoria Remington at a party back in England and he gets Alan to write her love letters in his name. Alan realizes that Victoria is falling in love with Roger, thinking that the letters are his. Alan is also falling in love with Victoria, through her letters, even though he is engaged. When Roger tells Alan he's going back to England for training, Alan asks him not to see Victoria, but Roger says that's exactly what he plans to do. Later, Alan is wounded and sent to a hospital. He gets a letter, saying that Roger and Victoria were married. He finds out that Roger died.
Alan is sent home to recuperate. After the war, he's melancholy and doesn't know what to do with himself. He inherits a house in the country and decides to move there. Before he goes, he attends a party at the home of Dilly Carson. At the party is a young woman named Singleton. Alan gets drunk and starts talking about Victoria Moreland. Dilly tells him an old murder has been committed and asks him to remember her and to come visit her again. Alan goes to his new home and breaks off his engagement. He takes a trip to the home Victoria used to live in and is told that she died a year earlier. He finds out that she was convicted of murdering her husband, Roger. Remembering Dilly, he goes to see her and finds Singleton there. When Dilly comes home, she sends Singleton out. Then she tells Alan that Singleon is Victoria Moreland, only she's lost her memory. After she married Roger, she found out he wasn't like his letters. One night, Dilly came to find Roger dead, and Victoria holding a knife, with blood stains on her dress. The only other person in the house was the woman who adopted Victoria, Beatrice Remington. Beatrice manages to say that Roger hit her, before she has a stroke and can't talk. At the trial, Victoria can't remember her name or who anyone is. All she can remember is loving a man who wrote her letters. She's sent to prison for a year, and afterwards can only remember the name she had growing up, Singleton. Dilly tells Alan that Singleton can't be told the truth. She has to remember it on her own, or she might go insane.
Alan finds himself falling in love with Singleton, and even though he knows she might hate him if she ever discovers the truth about herself and his letters, he asks her to marry him. After they're married, bits and pieces of her memory return. Singleton is confused and worried that Alan is still in love with Victoria Moreland. When the mailman delivers a letter from Beatrice Remington, Singleton takes it and finds out that Beatrice has some connection to Victoria. She goes to visit her without telling Alan. Beatrice begins to tell her about Victoria, and Singleton's memory begins to come back fully. One night, when Victoria was reading her letters, Roger told her that he never wrote them. He threw them in the fireplace and when Victoria tried to save them he started hitting her. Beatrice came behind him and stabbed him with a knife. The shock of seeing Roger dead made Victoria lose her memory. Now, with her memory restored, Victoria wonders who actually wrote the letters. Beatrice says that whoever he is, they should hate him for causing all the trouble. That's when she hears Alan calling her. She runs outside and finds him. He tells her that happiness can't be built on a lie. He asks her if she would hate who wrote the letters. She says she doesn't know, but he takes the risk and tells her. Victoria still loves him.
--Angela Tircuit, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of romance:
- inconveniently married while playing footsy
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Black)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn curly
- (woman) average
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard wavey
How much in movie?
- general circumstances
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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