|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Date premiered||December 13, 1944|
|Place premiered||Henry Millers Theatre, Broadway|
|Setting||The living-room of the Wilkins home, Kew Gardens, Long Island. Late Summer, 1944.|
Krasna had written a serious play, The Man with Blond Hair, which received a tepid response. He said that 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.
Film rights were sold for a reported $450,000 with the proviso that a movie not be made until the play finished a two-year run. The film, also titled Dear Ruth, premiered on June 10, 1947.
- McGilligan, Patrick, "Norman Krasna: The Woolworth's Touch", Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age, University of California Press, 1986. pp. 218, 226
- "Columbia vs Krasna". Supreme Court Appellate Division-First Department.
- "Norman Krasna's Wife Is Awarded Divorce". The Washington Post. April 28, 1950.
- Dear Ruth at Playbill
- "Screen News: 'Dear Ruth' Is Bought For Reported $450,000". The New York Times. February 8, 1945.
- Joseph W. Taylor (July 21, 1947). "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". The Wall Street Journal.