The Letter (1929 film)
|Directed by||Jean de Limur|
|Produced by||Monta Bell|
|Written by||Monta Bell
Jean de Limur
W. Somerset Maugham (play)
O. P. Heggie
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Editing by||Monta Bell
Jean de Limur
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release dates||April 13, 1929|
|Running time||65 minutes|
- Jeanne Eagels - Leslie Crosbie
- O. P. Heggie - Joyce
- Reginald Owen - Robert Crosbie
- Herbert Marshall - Geoffrey Hammond
- Irene Browne - Mrs. Joyce
- Lady Tsen Mei - Li-Ti
- Tamaki Yoshiwara - On Chi Seng
- Kenneth Thomson -
The Letter was long considered to be a lost film until an original 35mm nitrate print was found and restored. In June 2011, the restored film was released by Warner Archive Collection as a made-on-demand DVD.
The film was adapted by Monta Bell, Mort Blumenstock, Jean de Limur and Garrett Fort from the 1927 play The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham. It tells the story of a married woman who kills her secret lover out of jealousy. She later claims he was trying to rape her, and at her trial tries to convince the court of her innocence.
The film stars the famous stage actress Jeanne Eagels, O.P. Heggie, Reginald Owen and Herbert Marshall, and was directed by Jean de Limur. Eagels, who died just months after the film was completed, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the married woman. She was the first performer to be so recognized by the Academy after her death.
- The Letter at silentera.com
- O'Connor, Clint (2008-07-13). "James Dean, Spencer Tracy among posthumous Oscar nods". Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- The Letter at the Internet Movie Database
- allrovi/synopsis The Letter
- The Letter at Virtual History
- lobby card to The Letter
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