The Letter is an American pre-Code drama film produced by Paramount Pictures. It was the first full-sound feature shot at Astoria Studios, Queens, New York City. A silent version of the film also was released. It stars the noted stage actress Jeanne Eagels and O.P. Heggie, and it was directed by Jean de Limur. The film was adapted by Garrett Fort from the 1927 play The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham. It tells the story of a married woman who kills her lover out of jealousy and is brought to trial.
Bored and lonely living on her husband's rubber plantation, Leslie Crosbie takes a lover, Geoffrey Hammond, but he eventually tires of her and takes a Chinese mistress, Li-Ti. When Leslie finds out, she insists on seeing him while her husband is away and tries to rekindle his love. However, Geoffrey isn't moved and tells her that he prefers Li-Ti. Leslie becomes enraged and shoots him repeatedly.