O. Henry: The Last Leaf
A small New York apartment was a favorite location for an O. Henry story. He is reported to have said, “I would like to live a lifetime in each street in New York. Every house has a drama in it.” Here, just around the corner from the turn of the century, in Greenwich Village we find two young, struggling artists who’ve become best friends, only to have one stricken with deadly pneumonia. She is convinced that when the last leaf falls from the ivy outside her window, that she will go too. “The lonesomest thing in all the world is a soul when it is making ready to go on its mysterious, far journey.” And yet against the howling wind as the rain beats at the window, one small ray of hope bravely clings on against the storm.
Here is a favorite classic tale written by O. Henry. It is a quaint story of how one man’s sacrifice saved a young woman’s life when she believed her illness was going to kill her.The film shows how true friendship has many aspects. Her roommate and the painter who lives in the apartment below them work hard to keep this young person from despair and death. It is also a story about how the mind, with a little encouragement, can help the mind and body heal. The Dove “Family-Approved” Seal is awarded to this timeless classic.