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A Letter from Bataan
A Letter from Bataan (1942)
  • Director:
    William H. Pine
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  • Writer:
    Maxwell Shane
  • Cast:
    Richard Arlen,Susan Hayward,Jimmy Lydon
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Documentary short subject which depicts the necessity of conservation of raw and recyclable materials such as metal and rubber in time of war. The facts are dramatized with the story of an American GI writing home from Bataan and explaining the hardships he and his fellow soldiers undergo without proper conservation of materials on the homefront.
Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen Richard Arlen - Pvt. John W. Lewis
Susan Hayward Susan Hayward - Mrs. Mary Lewis
Jimmy Lydon Jimmy Lydon - Chuck Lewis
Joe Sawyer Joe Sawyer - Roy - John's Brother-in-Law
Keith Richards Keith Richards - Pete
Janet Beecher Janet Beecher - Mrs. 'Ma' Lewis
Esther Dale Esther Dale - Mrs. Jackson
Will Wright Will Wright - Mr. Limpert - the Mailman

A Letter from Bataan (1942)
Paramount took its war effort obligations to heart with this dramatic short in assigning to the project not only quality actors, but also scenarist, cinematographer and composer. The message of the film--the need to conserve and recycle--may look banal in today's America of super-abundance, but coming at a time during the war when citizens at home were being inconvenienced in the most unexpected ways (shortages of car tires, women's stockings, phonograph records), this little drama made its point in a well-paced and touching way. Look for big screen's "Henry Aldrich" as hero's speed-crazy teen brother.