The Love Letter
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Directed byKing Baggot
Screenplay byHugh Hoffman
Story byBradley King
StarringGladys Walton
Fontaine La Rue
George Cooper
Edward Hearn
Walt Whitman
Alberta Lee
CinematographyVictor Milner
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 9, 1923 (1923-02-09)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Love Letter is a 1923 American drama film directed by King Baggot and written by Hugh Hoffman. The film stars Gladys Walton, Fontaine La Rue, George Cooper, Edward Hearn, Walt Whitman, and Alberta Lee. The film was released on February 9, 1923, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Mary Ann McKee (Walton) is released from an overalls factory for secreting mash notes in the pockets of the finished clothing. An answer she received appeals to her and she shows it to her steady beau Red Mike Johnson, who jealously warns her to write no more love letters. Red Mike forces her to act as a lookout while his gang pulls a robbery that night. Mike is caught, but Mary Ann escapes and flees the city, deciding to look up the author of the letter that appealed to her. In the country she finds its author, Bill Carter (Hearn), a young village blacksmith. it turns out that he did not actually write the letter, it having been sent by his friends as a joke on him. He decides to assist her and induces the village minister Reverend Halloway (Whitman) and his wife (Lee) to adopt Mary Ann. Later Bill marries Mary Ann and their life is made happy by the arrival of a child. Then one day Red Mike appears, demanding the money he gave Mary Ann the night of the robbery but which she had thrown away. He is determined to take Mary Ann back with him to the city. Bill comes into the home and Red Mike covers him with a gun. Knowing that her husband might be killed, Mary Ann lies and tells Red Mike that she loves him. Heart-broken, Bill collapses into a chair. Mary Ann picks up her baby to kiss it goodbye. Seeing in Mary Ann the attitude of the Madonna stirs the religious faith of Red Mike, and with a confession he leaves.



  1. ^ "The Love Letter (1923) - Overview". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Janiss Garza. "The Love Letter (1923) - King Baggot". AllMovie. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Love Letter". Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Love Letter: Released by Universal". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (12): 626. February 17, 1923.