The Letter
The Letter (1929)

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… More

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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