Oscar Movies: Letter, The (1929)

Jeanne Eagles received a Best Actress nomination for playing the lead in the early talkie, “The Letter,” the first film version of the Somerset Maugham play of the same name, directed by .There were great hopes for a viable Hollywood career for Jeanne Eagles, who had previously essayed the juicy part of Sadie Thompson in another Maugham’s play, made into a movie with Joan Crawford in the lead.  Sadly, Eagles died of a drug (heroin) overdose in 1929.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Actress: Jeanne Eagles

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Actress Oscar was Mary Pickford for “Cocquette.”


Running time: 61 Minutes.

Directed by Jean de Limur

 April 13, 1929.


Jeanne Eagels as Leslie Crosbie

O.P. Heggi as Joyce

Reginald Owe as Robert Crosbie

Herbert Marshall as Geoffrey Hammond

Irene Browne as Mrs. Joyce