The Letters
Written byJames G. Hirsch
Ellis Marcus
Hal Sitowitz
Directed byPaul Krasny
Gene Nelson
StarringJohn Forsythe
Jane Powell
Dina Merrill
Leslie Nielsen
Barbara Stanwyck
Music byPete Rugolo
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLeonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
ProducerPaul Junger Witt
CinematographyLeonard J. South
Tim Southcott
EditorsDavid Berlatsky
Carroll Sax
Robert L. Swanson
Running time74 minutes
Production companyABC Circle Films
Original release
ReleaseMarch 6, 1973 (1973-03-06)

The Letters is a 1973 American made-for-television drama film starring John Forsythe, Jane Powell, Dina Merrill, Leslie Nielsen and Barbara Stanwyck. It premiered as the ABC Movie of the Week on March 6, 1973.[1]

It was followed by a sequel, Letters from Three Lovers (1973).


The lives of three families (the Andersons, the Parkingtons and the Forresters) are affected by a year-long delay in the arrival of mail.


The Andersons segment: "Dear Elaine"

The Parkingtons segment: "Dear Penelope"

The Forresters segment: "Dear Mrs. Forrester"


  1. ^ "ABC DELIVERS THE LETTERS' TRILOGY". Los Angeles Times. Mar 4, 1973. p. o3.