I had avoided THE LETTER for far too long because I had somehow gotten the impression that it was some tiresome weepie, but people wiser than I urged me to give it a try. I've never been so glad to be proven wrong! THE LETTER is actually a brilliant film noir in chick-flick clothing! Have you ever seen such beautifully-wrought sinister shadows in any film? I truly felt for everyone in it, and the performances by Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Gale Sondergaard, and Victor Sen Yung are spot-on. I agree with you: THE LETTER is a must-see for anyone fascinated with film noir and the dark side of human nature!