The Law of Contact

Letter of Introduction (August, 1938)

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Adolphe Menjou in Letter of Introduction
 

Released August 5, 1938: (running time 1 hour and 43 minutes) A young aspiring actress has a letter from her dying mother that could make her a movie star.

Produced by John M. Stahl

Directed by John M. Stahl

The Actors: Adolphe Menjou (John Mannering), Andrea Leeds (Katherine 'Kay' Martin), George Murphy (Barry Paige), Edgar Bergen (himself, ventriloquist), Rita Johnson (Honey, Barry's dancing partner), Ann Sheridan (Lydia Hoyt, Mannering's fiancé), Ernest Cossart (Andrews the butler), Frank Jenks (Joe the theater prompter), Eve Arden (Cora Phelps), Jonathan Hale (Lou Woodstock), Constance Moore (autograph seeker), Frances Robinson (hatcheck girl), Eleanor Hansen (stagestruck girl), Raymond Parker (call boy), Mark Daniels (kibitzer), Walter Perry (backstage doorman), George Davis (Park Plaza waiter), Chester Clute (guest at cocktail party), Russell Hopton (process server), John Archer (reporter), Jonathan Hale (Lou Woodstock), Irving Bacon (reporter), Don 'Red' Barry (disbelieving man at Barry's party), Brooks Benedict (Brooks Benedict), Yvonne Boisseau (bit part), May Boley (Mrs. Meggs the landlady), Wade Boteler (policeman), Harry C. Bradley (bit part), Don Brodie (reporter), Douglas Carter (photographer), Virginia Lee Corbin (woman at Barry's party), Inez Courtney (woman at Barry's party), Edith Craig (girl singer), William B. Davidson (Mr. Raleigh), Edward Earle (man in audience), Bill Elliott (backgammon player), Dorothy Granger (woman at Barry's party), Eddie Hall (guest at New Year's Eve party), Sam Hayes (announcer in street crowd), Grace Hayle (autograph seeker at the Park Plaza), Robert Homans (policeman outside theater), Kathleen Howard (Aunt Jonnie in the play), George Humbert (man with drum running from fire), Armand Kaliz (Jules the barber), Crauford Kent (Mr. Sinclair), Sharon Lewis (bridge player), Doris Lloyd (Charlotte in play), Alphonse Martell (Park Plaza Maitre'd), Kitty McHugh (girl singer), Natalie Moorhead (Maud Raleigh), James C. Morton (cop at the fire), Leonard Mudie (critic), Joseph North (party guest), Esther Ralston (Mrs. Sinclair), Frank Reicher (second doctor at Midtown Hospital), Kane Richmond (pedestrian who repeats 'Money in the Bank'), Sandy Sanford (fireman), Rolfe Sedan (fitter), Charles Sherlock (reporter), Phillip Trent (man at Barry's party), Richard Tucker (Mr. Tucker), Theodore von Eltz (first doctor at Midtown Hospital), Russell Wade (young autograph seeker), Ray Walker (reporter), Morgan Wallace (editor), Billy Wayne (fire spectator), Claire Witney (nurse Ryan), Dick Winslow (second elevator boy)

 

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A Passport to Fame and Fortune, or Maybe Not . . .

As I write this in December of 2017, our world is changing forever. Over the past year, the lives of many powerful men have been destroyed by revelations of past and current non-consensual affairs with young women. Their abuse of power over young women is now coming to light, and a pattern of bad behavior that has been silently happening since the beginning of time is probably coming to an end.

As our adventure opens, it is New Year’s Eve, and Kay Martin is returning to her apartment after being let go from her holiday job as a clerk in a large department store. She chats with Edgar Bergen, an out-of-work ventriloquist that lives in the same New York City apartment building with her. Nearing their apartment building, they discover that it is on fire, and Kay rushes in to get her letter of introduction from her bedroom dresser drawer. She will risk her very life to get that letter, because it is her passport to fame and fortune.

Now it is the first day of the new year and Kay is out of work and homeless, but she has a letter of introduction to the very powerful and most famous Broadway and motion picture actor in the world, John Mannering, as famous for his affairs with young women as he is for his acting talent.

Legendary actor Adolphe Menjou is John Mannering, the most powerful actor in the country. The gray-haired actor is about to marry a twenty-two-year-old girl, the next in a long line of young wives, but before they can get married, young Kay Martin will meet him with her letter of introduction.

Will this mysterious letter be the beginning of a wonderful life for Kay, or will it be the beginning of the end? There is a deep and dark secret within this letter that will turn the world upside down for the great movie star and the young lady. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou and Ann Sheridan
Adolphe Menjou and Ann Sheridan
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Adolphe Menjou
Andrea Leeds
Andrea Leeds
Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou
Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou
Andrea Leeds
Andrea Leeds
Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou
Andrea Leeds and Adolphe Menjou
Andrea Leeds
Andrea Leeds
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
Armand Kaliz
Armand Kaliz
Charlie McCarthy
Charlie McCarthy
Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen, Rita Johnson
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen, Rita Johnson
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen, Eve Arden
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen, Eve Arden
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart, Andrea Leeds
Ernest Cossart, Andrea Leeds
Ernest Cossart, Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Ernest Cossart, Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart
Eve Arden, Rita Johnson
Eve Arden, Rita Johnson
George Murphy
George Murphy
George Murphy, Andrea Leeds
George Murphy, Andrea Leeds
George Murphy, Rita Johnson
George Murphy, Rita Johnson
Andrea Leeds kisses George Murphy
Andrea Leeds kisses George Murphy
George Murphy, Adolphe Menjou
George Murphy, Adolphe Menjou
George Murphy, Rita Johnson
George Murphy, Rita Johnson
Jonathan Hale
Jonathan Hale
Jonathan Hale, Frank Jenks
Jonathan Hale, Frank Jenks
May Boley
May Boley
May Boley
May Boley
Mortimer Snerd, Edgar Bergen
Mortimer Snerd, Edgar Bergen
Natalie Moorhead
Natalie Moorhead
Richard Tucker, Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds
Richard Tucker, Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson, Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Rita Johnson, Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen
Rita Johnson and George Murphy
Rita Johnson and George Murphy
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
Rita Johnson
William B. Davidson, Natalie Moorhead
William B. Davidson, Natalie Moorhead