The Letter

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Western Electric disc sound synchronization was used for this, the first feature film made at Paramount's Long Island studio, and audiences found it to be very well done. Maugham's play about a married woman in the Far-Eastern colonies who kills her faithless lover is filled with shades of gray; its non-judgmental author was essentially concerned with presenting...read more

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Western Electric disc sound synchronization was used for this, the first feature film made at Paramount's Long Island studio, and audiences found it to be very well done. Maugham's play about a married woman in the Far-Eastern colonies who kills her faithless lover is filled with shades of

gray; its non-judgmental author was essentially concerned with presenting the subtleties of the human condition to his audience. From its shock opening--Eagels firing shots into her lover's already lifeless body--to its equally dramatic finale, the film bears the mark of a masterful playwright.

The willowy, charismatic Eagels made three silent films; this was her first talkie. She died of a heroin overdose shortly after the film's release. The picture marked the American screen debuts of actors Marshall and Owen; Marshall later played the husband opposite Bette Davis in the 1940

remake.

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