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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:

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1929 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Letter 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

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

Quotes

Leslie Crosbie: I know, I know, I know I've been vile. But, I've no excuse to offer. And don't forget this, you brought me out to this filthy place, this god-forsaken place and you kept me here for seven years! Live among a lot of dirty - natives - and dowdy - planters' wives. My youth going. Eating my heart out with loneliness. Trying to make a go of it. And I did try. I did try, for your sake. And what did I get from you? Nothing. Nothing. Your whole life was just wrapped up in Rubber!
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Connections

Remade as The Letter (1940) See more »

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A knockout performance by Jeanne Eagels
14 April 2000 | by jsultanofSee all my reviews

Only currently available through the American Film Institute, which restored the film, this features a remarkable performance by one of the great stage actresses in the early part of the 20th Century.One sees immediately why Ms. Eagels was a star; this is a powerful, emotional tour-de-force which lasts a little over an hour. Little more than a filmed stage play for the most part, this film is a very important re-discovery that deserves to get into better circulation.


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