Jeanne Eagels received her only Oscar nomination for playing Leslie Crosbie in The Letter.
This version of The Letter is rightfully forgotten. I myself sometimes find it enjoyable to see films from other times just to give myself some kind of balance, but when you are a given a film that was made in 1929 that is both unwatchable (almost literally, since I found it online and the sound was not the best, to say the least) and unnecessary. If you want to see a great version of the story, look no further then the 1940 version. But anyways, the story of The Letter goes something like this: a woman kills her secret lover, who she claimed tried to rape her, and must prove her innocence.
When she is on trial and is clearly lying, she is terrific, showing how trying to convince the jury is just as hard as convincing the audience. And the final confrontation scene is just incredible! It's unbelievable such a well acted scene could be possible in the film. However, Eagels still has this bad aura around her performance, especially considering she moves at every possible moment, seeming fidgety and nervous (addiction showing it's causes, perhaps?). But, Jeanne Eagels' ghostly presence is intense and for a film from 1929, definitely wonderful - there's just too many cricks in it.