The Mailbox (film)

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The Mailbox
Directed by David K. Jacobs
Produced by David K. Jacobs
Screenplay by David K. Jacobs
Story by Florence Doyle Putt
  • Lethe Tatge
  • Rachel Jacobs
  • Rebbeca Glade
Music by Merrill Jenson
Cinematography Reed Smoot
Edited by James W. Dearden
Distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Release date
Running time
24 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Mailbox is a 1977 American 24-minute short film produced by BYU Motion Picture Studios. The film is available through the Brigham Young University Office of Creative Works on a compilation DVD with other LDS films.[1][2][3][4][5]


An old woman's loneliness is amplified as she daily walks to the mailbox, only to find nothing there for her. Her neighbors and the mailman provide some relief, but her family doesn't seem to care.


  • Lethe Tatge as Lethe Anderson
  • Rachel Jacobs as Rachel Johnson
  • Rebbeca Glade as Sharon Johnson
  • Alan Nash as Mike the Mailman
  • Martha Henstrom as Myra (voice)
  • Winkie Horman as Susan (voice)


Considered as among the best known films produced at BYU,[6] and "It is clear that the tragedy is not in the death, but in the emptiness of the mailbox."[7]

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  1. ^ "Midway Woman Stars In Film", Daily Herald (Utah), p. 24, 7 March 1977. Archive reprint from
  2. ^ "'The Mailbox' Film Premiers Friday in Midway Town Hall", Daily Herald (Utah), p. 33, May 15, 1977. Archive reprint from
  3. ^ "The Mormon Media Image" (PDF), Sunstone, 3 (1): 25, November–December 1977
  4. ^ Hall, Airen (October 2012), "Melodrama on a Mission: Latter-Day Saint Film and the Melodramatic Mode", Journal of Religion and Film, 16 (2): 13–15
  5. ^ Brigham Young University Studies, Volume 46. Brigham Young University. 2007. p. 101.
  6. ^ Hunter, James Michael (2012). Mormons and Popular Culture: The Global Influence of an American Phenomenon, Volume 1. ABC-CLIO. p. 26. ISBN 031339167X. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Consortium of University Film Centers, R.R. Bowker Company (1986). Educational film/video locator of the Consortium of University Film Centers and R.R. Bowker, Volume 2. R.R. Bowker. p. 1920. ISBN 0835221814. Retrieved July 28, 2014.

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