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The Postman Didn't Ring (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 July 1942 (USA)
A government mail sack, missing for fifty years, is now being delivered. Stamp collector Julie Martin follows postal inspector Brennon on his delivery tour, hoping to find some rare stamps ... See full summary »


Harold D. Schuster


Mortimer Braus (screenplay), Mortimer Braus (original story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Travis ... Daniel Carter
Brenda Joyce ... Julie Martin
Spencer Charters ... Judge Ben Holt
Stanley Andrews ... Postal Insp. Brennan
William Bakewell ... Robert Harwood Jr.
Emma Dunn ... Martha Carter
Joseph Cawthorn ... Silas Harwood
Oscar O'Shea ... Judge Barrington
Erville Alderson ... Robert Harwood Sr.
Jeff Corey ... Harwood Green
Frank M. Thomas ... Prosecutor
Will Wright ... Mr. Slade
Betty Jean Hainey Betty Jean Hainey ... Marjorie
Ethel Griffies ... Catherine Vandewater
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Jason Peters


A government mail sack, missing for fifty years, is now being delivered. Stamp collector Julie Martin follows postal inspector Brennon on his delivery tour, hoping to find some rare stamps for her philatelist customers. One letter brings love and warmth to a lonely spinster from a sweetheart lost in a war, another a welcome bravery citation to Civil War veteran Slade and a third is to the parents of the now-state governor from his high school principal requesting he be disciplined for throwing spitballs in class. Dan Carter, the owner of the village supply store who extends local farmers unlimited credit and, as a result, is on the verge of foreclosure by the ruthless Harwood banking family, get a letter sent by his grandfather to his father containing 500 shares of stock in the Harwood bank. The Harwood family fights back by charging Dan with fraud, but Judge Colt and Dan's Aunt Martha aid him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

3 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes Tarde do que Nunca See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The opening credits are written on envelopes and a hand pulls it away See more »

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Pleasant little B picture
4 June 2009 | by Solo-12See all my reviews

There can't be too many films where the main character is a stamp collector/dealer, but this is one of them. Brenda Joyce plays a philatelist who finds out about a sack of mail that was stolen 50 years earlier. She teams up with a postal inspector, who is personally delivering the letters, so she can retrieve a valuable stamp from one of the envelopes. In doing so, she gets involved romantically with Richard Travis who is a populist in a small town where the local bank is run by a greedy family. The bankers are upended and the town is sure to be a better place. For a wartime light drama, this film makes quite a few points about how important mail, and the unimpeded flow of it, is to the country. It almost seems like it was made so satisfy the postal service. Nevertheless, it's a rarely seen oddity directed by Harold Schuster, who would make the classic "My Friend Flicka" a year later. Joseph MacDonald contributed nicely lit and composed camera-work. Considering it was a B picture, the production values are pretty solid.

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