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A Letter from a Soldier (1951)

| Drama, Short
A soldier on leave visits a dead son's mother to give her the last letter her son wrote.



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A World War II veteran, en route to Chicago, stops at the home of the mother of a close friend of his who died in the war. She invites him in, then turns cold and suspicious when she hears his name, Maxie Klein. Her son wrote about his friends and didn't mention any Max Klein. She shows Klein her son's letters; he explains that her son Jack always called him Joe-Joe. Jack's mother softens, and Max reads to her from the last letter he got from Jack. By the story's end, mom has softened and learned a thing or two about tolerance. The film was sponsored in part by B'nai B'rith. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This is an excerpted sequence from It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951), a feature film. See more »


Edited from It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1951) See more »

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22 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Letter from a Soldier, A (1951)

*** (out of 4)

A Korean war soldier (Keefe Brasselle) goes to visit his dead friend's mother (Marjorie Main) so that he can read her his final letter. At first the mother rejects the soldier until he starts to read the letter where her son speaks highly of him. This is a rather interesting short from MGM because it's taken from their film It's a Big Country, which would be later in the year. One has to wonder why they'd release this before the feature and not even mention that a feature was coming but either way this is a pretty good film. I haven't seen the full length version, which features various segments from directors like Sturges, Thorpe and Wellman, but this one from Weist makes me want to seek out the full film. The performances by Brasselle and Main are very good and the emotion behind the words in the letter are very touching. This is certainly a message picture but that doesn't really matter since the message works so well.

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