The Letter (1929)

62 mins | Drama | 13 April 1929

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HISTORY

In 1931, Paramount released Spanish, German, French and Italian-language versions of The Letter. For additional information on those films, please consult the entry for La carta. Another adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play was made by Warner Bros. in 1940. That version was directed by William Wyler and starred Bette Davis as "Leslie Crosbie." The 1940 version also starred Herbert Marshall, but in that version Marshall portrayed Leslie's ... More Less

In 1931, Paramount released Spanish, German, French and Italian-language versions of The Letter. For additional information on those films, please consult the entry for La carta. Another adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play was made by Warner Bros. in 1940. That version was directed by William Wyler and starred Bette Davis as "Leslie Crosbie." The 1940 version also starred Herbert Marshall, but in that version Marshall portrayed Leslie's husband. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
17 Mar 1929
p. 4.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
New York Times
8 Mar 1929
p. 30.
Variety
13 Mar 1929
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Supv
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham (London, 24 Feb 1927).
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 April 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 April 1929
Copyright Number:
LP307
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,490 ft.
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,778
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marooned on a rubber plantation in the East Indies, Leslie Crosbie turns to Geoffrey Hammond for the love and diversion that she does not find with her husband. Hammond falls in love with a Chinese woman, however, and Leslie shoots him dead. Placed on trial for her life, Leslie convinces both the jury and her husband that she killed Hammond in defense of her honor. The Chinese woman has an incriminating letter written by Leslie to Hammond, however, and Leslie must pay to recover it. Her husband foots the bill, and Leslie is faced with a bankrupt and loveless ... +


Marooned on a rubber plantation in the East Indies, Leslie Crosbie turns to Geoffrey Hammond for the love and diversion that she does not find with her husband. Hammond falls in love with a Chinese woman, however, and Leslie shoots him dead. Placed on trial for her life, Leslie convinces both the jury and her husband that she killed Hammond in defense of her honor. The Chinese woman has an incriminating letter written by Leslie to Hammond, however, and Leslie must pay to recover it. Her husband foots the bill, and Leslie is faced with a bankrupt and loveless future. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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