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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

Writer:

W. Somerset Maugham (stage play)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1929 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Letter See more »

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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

The poem that Geoff Hammond is reading aloud to Li Ti at the opening of his first scene is Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol. See more »

Quotes

Li-Ti: White lady, very proud. But, not too proud to share same man with Li-Ti.
Leslie Crosbie: You, Chinese woman, you.
Li-Ti: I'm a Chinese woman. But, not to Mr. Hammond. Many love names he had for me. Shall I tell you some of them?
Leslie Crosbie: Stop, please! How he possibly he ever touched a vile, yellow thing like you?
Li-Ti: It is possible!
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One of the greatest performances ever on film
4 September 2004 | by dcole-2See 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.


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