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The Letter (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 7 September 1929 (Argentina)
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 ... 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:

The fatal letter that cost the life of her lover, her own happiness and that of another. (Print Ad- Victoria Advocate,((Victoria, Texas)) 14 May 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1929 enter the U.S. public domain in 2025. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Crosbie: It isn't love any longer, it's madness.
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Connections

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

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Stunning
8 December 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Jeanne Eagels is brilliant in this short version of THE LETTER. My copy is lousy but I stuck with it because Eagels gives an amazing, Oscar nominated performance that keeps you riveted to the screen. I can only image the power this woman had on stage.

The story is the same as the Bette Davis version, but the narrative structure is all different. Eagels has two fabulous scenes: the trial and the finale. Her English accent slips a couple times but for a 1929 movie (and her talkie debut) it's a terrific performance as the amoral Leslie Crosbie.

Herbert Marshall, O.P. Heggie, and Reginald Owen co-star. But the film belongs to Miss Eagels. If only her follow-up and final film JEALOUSY could be found!


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