The Letter


The Letter (1929)




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The wife of a Malaysian plantation owner is put on trial for murder then is beset by complications involving a love letter she wrote to the victim just before she killed him. Stage star Jeanne Eagels appears in the role later played by Bette Davis in the more famous 1940 remake.


Jeanne Eagels
as Leslie Crosbie
Reginald Owen
as Robert Crosbie
Irene Browne
as Mrs. Joyce
Herbert Marshall
as Geoffrey Hammond

Critic Reviews for The Letter

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Jeanne Eagels received Oscar nomination for playing the leading part in this early, primitive talkie, based on Somerset Maugham's play; Bette Davis played the part in 1940.

Oct 31, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

... a revelation of a performance and an illustration of the challenges filmmakers faced in the early sound era.

Sep 14, 2011 | Full Review…

Jeanne Eagels' performance in The Letter secures her legendary reputation.

Feb 2, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Letter


Eagels only existing sound film shows her to be a unique talent well equipped to make her characters live on screen with a minimum of overblown stage theatrics common to early sound films. Similar to the more renown Bette Davis version but with some content that would never have passed the censor board after the code went into effect. The last scene is riveting.

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