An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
Street-smart Maisie from Brooklyn lands a job at an airplane assembly plant during WWII and falls in love with handsome pilot "Breezy" McLaughlin. Breezy, however, falling in love with and ... See full summary »
A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »
The story, told in eight episodes, covers different facets of the American Spirit, from racial and religious tolerance to the dangers of self-centeredness and myopic reasoning. The parables... See full summary »
This short film provides four feature stories about Canada and its people, including the monetary value of the human body's chemicals, Magnetic Hill in New Brunswick, radio broadcaster Foster Hewitt, and dinosaur fossils found in Alberta.
This musical short features four songs associated with the western United States. The first two were written in the 19th century, the others in the 20th. After the initial rendition of each... See full summary »
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
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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