MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,609 this week

The Letter (1929)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 366 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 14 critic

Jeanne Eagels plays the bored and restless Leslie Crosbie who turns to another man, Geoffrey Hammond (Herbert Marshall) for attention when neglected by her husband Robert (Reginald Owen). ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(adaptation), (play), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 191 titles
created 22 Dec 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 771 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 9 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Letter" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Letter (1929)

The Letter (1929) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Letter.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Madame X (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young lawyer unknowingly defends his mother who abandoned him when he was three.

Director: Lionel Barrymore
Stars: Lewis Stone, Ruth Chatterton, Raymond Hackett
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Director: Charles Reisner
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt
Hallelujah (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In a juke joint, sharecropper Zeke falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, but she's only setting him up for a rigged craps game. He loses $100, the money he got for the sale of his family's ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.

Director: Edgar Selwyn
Stars: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton
Dynamite (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson, Charles Bickford
Alibi (1929)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director: Roland West
Stars: Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of the romance between Emma, Lady Hamilton, and British war hero Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner
The Barker (1928)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackaill, Betty Compson
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Frank Lloyd, Eugene Moore
Stars: Jeanne Eagels, Boyd Marshall, Thomas A. Curran
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Herbert Marshall ...
Irene Browne ...
Mrs. Joyce (as Irene Brown)
O.P. Heggie ...
Lady Tsen Mei ...
Tamaki Yoshiwara ...
Edit

Storyline

Jeanne Eagels plays the bored and restless Leslie Crosbie who turns to another man, Geoffrey Hammond (Herbert Marshall) for attention when neglected by her husband Robert (Reginald Owen). Robert decides to go out for the evening to pick up a new rifle. Leslie's calm vanishes as she awaits an answer to a letter she has written Hammond. He has found a new love - a beautiful unscrupulous native woman Li Ti (Lady Tsei Mei) and has discarded Leslie. Written by Cheepnis

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 September 1929 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A Carta  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally released by Paramount, the rights to the film were sold to Warner Bros. in 1939 when WB began production on a remake which was released the next year. 2 other early Paramount sound films would also be sold to Warners - 1932's "A Farewell to Arms" and 1933's "One Sunday Afternoon" (both were also acquired with intention to remake, but only the latter would ever be remade by WB). Thus, the "Popeye" cartoons would not be the only former Paramount properties sold to Associated Artists Productions in the mid-1950s - the three sound features Paramount sold to WB would be sold to a.a.p. with the rest of WB's pre-1950 features, as well as all short subjects released prior to August 1948 (except black-and-white Looney Tunes, non-Harman/Ising B&W Merrie Melodies, and the first cartoon in the latter series - "Lady, Play Your Mandolin") and the live-action short subjects released that month. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Leslie Crosbie: [direct to camera] With all my heart and all my soul, I still love the man I killed!
See more »

Connections

Version of Producers' Showcase: The Letter (1956) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the greatest performances ever on film
4 September 2004 | by (Glendale, CA) – See all my reviews

This has just been restored and will be included on the DVD of the Bette Davis version of THE LETTER. You've got to see it to check out Jeanne Eagles in one of the rawest, most powerful performances I've ever seen. She was a stage actress who disdained film -- and who died soon after making this and the lost JEALOUSY. Too bad because she truly is amazing. The film is frequently stagey and flat (and perhaps a bit racist). But you can't fault her: she is towering and emotional and unpredictable every moment. Supposedly Davis saw this and modeled her performance on Eagles'. The final scene will probably leave you breathless because it's so powerful -- and unrepentant. I'm so happy people will be able to see this soon.


19 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
an abrupt ending! alisotom
Looking for a Movie called 'The Letter' modingo
Jeanne Eagels sleepybone
mongoose + snake ksf-2
Available for streaming and download through the Internet Archive. TheStatuette
available on DVD? bcstoneb444
Discuss The Letter (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page