|Directed by||William D. Russell|
|Produced by||Paul Jones|
|Written by||Norman Krasna (play)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$3.8 million|
Dear Ruth is a 1947 romantic comedy film starring Joan Caulfield, William Holden, Mona Freeman, and Edward Arnold. It was based on the Broadway play of the same name by Norman Krasna. A teenage girl has a soldier for a pen pal, but uses her older sister's name and photograph. Then the man shows up while on a two-day leave.
- Joan Caulfield as Ruth Wilkins
- William Holden as Lieutenant William Seacroft
- Mona Freeman as Miriam Wilkins
- Edward Arnold as Judge Wilkins
- Billy De Wolfe as Albert Kummer
- Mary Philips as Mrs. Edie Wilkins
- Virginia Welles as Martha Seacroft
- Kenny O'Morrison as Sergeant Chuck Vincent
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Date premiered||13 December 1944|
|Place premiered||Henry Millers Theatre, Broadway|
|Setting||The living-room of the Wilkins home, Kew Gardens, Long Island. Late Summer, 1944.|
Norman Krasna had written a serious play, The Man with Blond Hair, which received a tepid response. He says Moss Hart suggested he write a commercial comedy instead along the lines of Junior Miss. Krasna based the family in the play on that of Groucho Marx, who was a good friend and occasional collaborator. The play was named in honour of Krasna's first wife, Ruth.
As part of the purchase price for the play, Paramount had the rights to use the characters for a sequel.
- *McGilligan, Patrick, "Norman Krasna: The Woolworth's Touch", Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age, University of California Press,1986 p218, 226
- Norman Krasna's Wife Is Awarded Divorce, The Washington Post (1923–1954) [Washington, D.C] 28 Apr 1950: 3.
- Dear Ruth at Playbill
- SCREEN NEWS: 'DEAR RUTH' IS BOUGHT FOR REPORTED $450,000 Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923–Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 Feb 1945: 14.
- Biggest Film Firm: Paramount's Puzzler: Will Attendance Slide Be Brief or Prolonged? Takes Precautions: Markets Borderline Movies, Keeps Best in 9-Month Backlog Televised Newsreels Tried Paramount Pictures' Puzzler: Will Drop In Attendance Be Brief Or Prolonged? Company Is Taking Precautions Markets Borderline Movies, Keeps Best in 9-Months Backlog; Pre-Tests Films BY JOSEPH W. TAYLOR Staff Correspondent of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Wall Street Journal (1923 - Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 July 1947: 1.
- PARAMOUNT PLANS 'DEAR RUTH' SEQUEL: Studio's Production 'Dear Wife' Will Use Available Members of Original Film's Cast By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 06 Dec 1947: 11.
- Dear Ruth at the Internet Movie Database
- Dear Ruth at the TCM Movie Database
- Dear Ruth at AllMovie
- Dear Ruth at the Internet Broadway Database
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