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Love Letters (1917 film)

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Love Letters
Directed byRoy William Neill
Screenplay byElla Stuart Carson
Shannon Fife
Produced byThomas H. Ince
StarringDorothy Dalton
William Conklin
Dorcas Matthews
Thurston Hall
Hayward Mack
William Hoffman
CinematographyJohn Stumar
Thomas H. Ince Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 24, 1917 (1917-12-24)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Love Letters is a 1917 American silent drama film directed by Roy William Neill and written by Ella Stuart Carson and Shannon Fife. The film stars Dorothy Dalton, William Conklin, Dorcas Matthews, Thurston Hall, Hayward Mack, and William Hoffman. The film was released on December 24, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] A print of Love Letters is held by the Library of Congress.[3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] Eileen Rodney (Dalton) is in love with Raymoond Moreland (Connklin), a lecturer who favors the mating of souls without the usual ceremony. When she learns his true convictions she is disgusted and accepts the proposal of her guardian, John Harland (Hall). After she is married, Eileen meets Moreland and requests the return of her love letters, and he invites her to his home. When she gets there he forces his attentions on her. In self-defense she strikes him and, believing him dead, rushes from the home. The guilt of her action weighs on her life. Later, a half crazed gardener confesses to the crime and, with the knowledge that she is blameless, Eileen confesses everything to her husband.



Like many American films of the time, Love Letters was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required a cut in Reel 2 of the two intertitles "Remember he's mine and will always be mine" and "You aren't through with me yet", in Reel 4, two struggle scenes between man and young woman, in Reel 5, three intertitles "God be praised for letting me kill him — he wronged my little girl", "Don't for God's sake, don't, I intended to marry your daughter if she had waited", and "Had you nothing but letters to conceal —", and the vision scene of killing the man.[5]


  1. ^ "Love Letters (1917) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Love Letters". AFI. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Love Letters at
  4. ^ "Reviews: Love Letters". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (4): 27–28. January 19, 1918.
  5. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (3): 31. January 12, 1918.
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