Take a Letter, Darling

Take a Letter, Darling is a 1942 American romantic comedy film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Rosalind Russell. It was nominated for three Academy Awards; Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier, Roland Anderson, Samuel M. Comer).[2]

Take a Letter, Darling
Film poster
Directed byMitchell Leisen
Produced byFred Kohlmar
Mitchell Leisen
Written byGeorge Beck
Claude Binyon
StarringRosalind Russell
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyJohn J. Mescall
Edited byDoane Harrison
Thomas Scott
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 6, 1942 (1942-05-06)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.8 million (US rentals)[1]


A struggling painter (Fred MacMurray) takes a job as private secretary to a tough female advertising executive (Rosalind Russell). While working together to win the account of a tobacco company, they end up falling in love.[3]


Radio adaptation

June 19, 1942Philip Morris PlayhouseMelvyn Douglas[4]
February 1, 1951Screen Directors PlayhouseRussell and MacMurray[5]


  1. "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
  2. "Take a Letter, Darling". New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  3. "Take a Letter, Darling (1942) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  4. "Johnny Presents". Harrisburg Telegraph. June 19, 1942. p. 21. Retrieved August 2, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Radio's Golden Age". Nostalgia Digest. 40 (1): 40–41. Winter 2014.

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