The Letter
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The Letter
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 Marshall) to death; she explains that the man had tried to assault her. It is assumed that the subsequent trial will go well for Eagels, who has the advantage of wealth and social position. But Eagels' lawyer (O.P. Heggie) learns of the existence of a letter sent to the dead man in which Eagels declares her undying love--thereby proving that the killing… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"... a revelation of a performance and an illustration of the challenges filmmakers faced in the early sound era."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Jeanne Eagels' performance in The Letter secures her legendary reputation."
‑ Dan Callahan, ToxicUniverse.com
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