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The Letter (1929)

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:

Jean de Limur

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (stage play), Garrett Fort (adaptation)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Eagels ... Leslie Crosbie
Reginald Owen ... Robert Crosbie
Herbert Marshall ... Geoffrey Hammond
Irene Browne ... Mrs. Joyce (as Irene Brown)
O.P. Heggie ... Howard Joyce
Lady Tsen Mei Lady Tsen Mei ... Li-Ti
Tamaki Yoshiwara Tamaki Yoshiwara ... Ong Chi Seng
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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

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Taglines:

A story of white women, tropical heat, heedless love! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 13 April 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1929 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

A Carta See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Features tragic actress Jeanne Eagels's only Oscar nomination (though Academy Award nominations that year were unofficial) See more »

Quotes

Robert Crosbie: Well, I'll be going now. Hang it all, I was forgetting the gun.
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Connections

Alternate-language version of La carta (1931) See more »

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definitely interesting, would like to see a restored version
26 May 2009 | by a666333See all my reviews

Jeanne Engles is almost a physical ghost here. Everyone seems to be in love her as an actress. Based on this, I'm not that hooked but she definitely does get your attention.

In this movie, the racism out in the open and cuts both ways which is closer to the real world. The movie does well to bring that forward. Unfortunately, here, as usual, Hollywood fell into bizarre caricatures and images when portraying the Chinese.

With Anna May Wong in Europe at the time, Tsen Mei is cast as Li-Ti and only manages to extract a very average presence. It is difficult to imagine her as a love interest. (Tsen Mei went on to run theatres in New Jersey) With Anna May Wong in that role (and advising the directors), the movie would have been elevated considerably and the confrontation-over-the-letter scene likely would have become an all time classic.

Technically, this movie is crude, especially the sound but a restored version might be a different story.


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