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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.


Don Weis


Allen Rivkin (written for the screen by), Lucille Schlossberg (from a story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Wrenley
Keefe Brasselle ... Maxie Klein


A Korean War 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, the mother 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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Also Known As:

A Letter From A Soldier: An Excerpt from the Feature Film 'It's A Big Country' See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Overcoming prejudice
19 July 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This nine minutes short film packs more in it than some full length features. Don Weis directed this little gem in which prejudice is dealt with in a subtle manner. A poignant story by Lucille Schlossberg was the basis for the screen play written by Allen Rivkin.

It's a simple story. A soldier, whose buddy has died in combat, comes to pay his respects to his mother. Mrs. Wrenley appears to be glad to receive in her home this young man, JoJo, who has brought the last letter he received from the dead soldier. When he mentions his name, Maxie Klein, Mrs. Wrenley clearly changes from the welcoming lady that is happy to meet her son's friend into a woman whose prejudice indicates she resents the intrusion. She can't even understand how his son could have been friendly with the man in front of her.

When Maxie offers to read her son's letter, she doesn't refuse. She can't believe what she is hearing as her son talks about tolerance and acceptance he has seen in the army. It's too much for her to digest, but she realizes the goodness in Maxie Klein's heart as her attitude toward him melts away.

The film shows excellent performances from Marjorie Main and Keefe Brazelle, the two characters in the short.

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