A letter from Bataan / a Paramount picture ; screenplay by Maxwell Shane ; produced by William C. Thomas ; directed by William H. Pine.

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Main contributor
Shane, Maxwell, 1905-1983
A Hollywood short aiding the war effort, emphasizing the need for preparedness and conservation of materials, i.e. rubber, metal, shellac. An American soldier writes home from Bataan, and while his family reads the letter, the soldier's ghostly apparition interjects statistics about food and equipment shortages.
Shane, Maxwell, 1905-1983; Thomas, William C., 1903-1984; Pine, William H.; Arlen, Richard, 1900-1976; Hayward, Susan, 1917-1975; Lydon, James, 1923-; Sawyer, Joseph, 1906-1982; Richards, Keith, 1915-1987; Beecher, Janet; Dale, Esther, 1885-1961; Wright, Will, 1891-1962; Jackman, Fred, 1913-1982; Sylos, F. Paul (Frank Paul), 1900-1976; Smith, Howard, 1912-; Sitar, Earl; Amfitheatrof, Daniele; Paramount Pictures, Inc.; United States. Office of War Information.; Indiana University, Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center
Propaganda films.; War films.; Fiction films.; Short films.
World War, 1939-1945; Equipment and supplies; Rationing
Time period
1939 - 1945
IUL Moving Image Archive
IUL Moving Image Archive
Physical Description
1 film reel (14 min.) : sd., b&w ; 16 mm.
Film: 509 ft., 36 fr.
Intended audience: Adult.
Originally produced as a Paramount 'Victory Short' (No. T2-1) in collaboration with the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942.
DVD copy available.

Creation/Production Credits

Director of photography, Fred Jackman, Jr. ; art director, F. Paul Sylos ; editor, Howard A. Smith ; sound recorder, Earl Sitar ; musical score, Daniele Amfitheatrof.


Richard Arlen, Susan Hayward, Jimmy Lydon, Joe Sawyer, Keith Richards, Janet Beecher, Esther Dale, Will Wright.

Statement of Responsibility

a Paramount picture ; screenplay by Maxwell Shane ; produced by William C. Thomas ; directed by William H. Pine.
Other Identifiers
Catalog Key: 7818200; OCLC: ocm08879422; OCLC: 8879422

Access Restrictions

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