Letter of Introduction (film)

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Letter of Introduction
Letter of Introduction FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John M. Stahl
Produced by John M. Stahl
Written by Sheridan Gibney
Leonard Spigelgass
Screenplay by Bernice Boone
Starring See below
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Karl Freund
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 5, 1938 (1938-08-05) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Letter of Introduction is a 1938 American comedy drama film directed by John M. Stahl. In 1966, the film entered the public domain (in the United States) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[1]


An aging actor, John Mannering, is surprised when his estranged daughter, Kay Martin, shows up. It seems that she is an actress and is also trying to make it on Broadway. He is persuaded to perform on Broadway for the first time in twelve years in a play with her. He is very nervous and turns to alcohol to overcome his problems. He tries to re-establish his relationship with her while also trying to hide the fact that she is his daughter from the press.




  1. ^ 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. 

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