The Letter
The Letter (1929)

The Letter was the first film version of the Somerset Maugham play of the same name. Broadway star Jeanne Eagels plays the wife of Reginald Owen, the owner of a Malayan rubber plantation. The film opens with Eagels shooting a man (Herbert… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 1929
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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

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Dan Callahan

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

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jay nixon
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… More