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To My Unborn Son (1943)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 30 October 1943 (USA)
A Yugoslav father writes a letter to the son he will never see, explaining his resistance to the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia.


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John Nesbitt ...
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Peter Ravitch is the editor of a newspaper in a small Yugoslav village and the village's most educated resident. He is also a sentimentalist, romantic and dreamer. Despite not being a fighting man and despite his wife being pregnant, Peter takes his place alongside the other villagers in defending the village against Nazi invaders. The villagers' plan of hide and surprise attack with their rifles is no match against the Nazi machine guns. But a letter written by Peter Ravitch that evening to his unborn child - who he was certain would be a son - makes its miraculous journey from the hands of the dying educated man who fought for his village to the hands of its intended recipients, to who the words would be inspirational for a promising future. Written by Huggo

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Short | Drama






Release Date:

30 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 45: To My Unborn Son  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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War's Cost, Love's Hope
15 August 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews


Peter Ravitch, a gentle soul from a small Yugoslav town, writes a poignant letter TO MY UNBORN SON as he lies dying from a Nazi bullet.

This true-life story of courage against the Nazi oppressor features a reading of Peter's remarkable letter, in which he hopes for a peaceful world full of boundless opportunity & joy for his son. The film is a good example of MGM's mastery of the short subject format.

After Pearl Harbor, Hollywood went to war totally against the Axis. Not only did many of the stars join up or do home front service, but the output of the Studios was largely turned to the war effort. The newsreels, of course, brought the latest war news into the neighborhood theater every week. The features showcased battle stories or war related themes. Even the short subjects & cartoons were used as a quick means of spreading Allied propaganda, the boosting of morale or information dissemination. Together, Uncle Sam, the American People & Hollywood proved to be an unbeatable combination.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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