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11 Ratings

The Letter

Directed by Jean de Limur
United States, 1929


Story of wife of rubber planter who murders her lover.

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The Letter Directed by Jean de Limur

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1930 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1929 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

The 1929 version is excellent and intensely rewarding, nothing like the stereotype of a dull, stagey early talkie. And it goes out on a high note, with the famous confrontation scene between Leslie and her husband.
September 12, 2014
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In the most memorable visual moment, when [Eagels’ character] shoots her lover dead, she nearly lunges at the camera with every shot, flashes of gunfire temporarily lighting up the screen almost as much as her ferocity does. Like Bette Davis after her, Eagels has a compelling hollowed-out look, and her every line reflects an intense desperation
December 02, 2013
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