• Short Summary

    Wife with small children receives letter from GI husband who was killed in Korea.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material.

    American newsreel item.

    Title reads: "A GI writes to his kids".

    Posthumous letter received by wife of dead soldier, Private John McCormick, Collingdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA).

    Aerial shot rugged landscape in Korea. L/S American troops resting by road. M/S soldiers moving through long grass. M/S GIs carrying wounded comrade along road.

    L/S car driving along road in small American town - Collingdale. M/S postman arriving at the home of Mrs. McCormick with a letter reporting her husband missing. He hands letter to Mrs. McCormick. C/U Mrs. McCormick entering house. C/Us Mrs McCormick reading letter, she looks sad. C/U small daughter Joan McCormick. C/U other daughter Rose Marie seated in chair looking at book.

    C/U postman hands another letter to Mrs. McCormick, this letter is from her husband to his daughters, written on eve of battle. Various shots Mrs. McCormick sitting down beside her two daughters on settee, reading them the letter. C/U Rose Marie eating sundae in drug store. C/U mother tying ribbon round puppy's neck, Rose Marie watches. More shots Mrs. McCormick reading letter and girls listening. More shots GIs. C/U Mrs. McCormick sewing. M/S Mrs. McCormick, Rose Marie and other people in church pew. C/U Joan in pew holding rosary. C/U letter. More shots mother reading daughters letter. M/S the two little girls getting into bed. M/S mother kissing the two girls as she tucks them up.

    Transcript of John McCormick's letter is on file - could be perceived as anti-Communist propaganda. Date on original record is 20/09/1950.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:48:00 / 01:44:04:00
    UN 2291 B

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