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    The Letter (Paramount, 1929) Half Sheet (22" X 28"). The only surviving sound film of the great stage actress Jeanne Eagels, this is the first version of Somerset Maugham's play (Bette Davis starred in the better known remake in 1940). Eagels plays Leslie Crosbie, the wife of a Malayan plantation owner played by Reginald Owen in his American debut. Leslie shoots a man, Geoffrey Hammond (Herbert Marshall, who would play the husband in the remake), who she claimed assaulted her. Her lawyer, however, finds a letter from Leslie to Hammond that proves that she was in love with him. It is not until after she is acquitted that she finally tells her husband her true feelings. Shortly after the film came out, Eagels was dead of an overdose. She received the first posthumous acting Oscar nomination for her work on this film. This half sheet is the only known poster that we are aware of for this title. Pinholes, edge tears with tape on the front and back, wrinkling on the fold lines and a few other wrinkles, fold separations, a few small scratches and some soiling. Very Good+.

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