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Since You Went Away (1944)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  20 July 1944 (USA)
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While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Anne Hilton
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Lt. Tony Willett
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Bridget 'Brig' Hilton
Monty Woolley ...
Col. William G. Smollett
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Clergyman
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Cpl. William G. 'Bill' Smollett II
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Fidelia
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Mrs. Emily Hawkins
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Zofia Koslowska (as Nazimova)
Albert Bassermann ...
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
Gordon Oliver ...
Marine Officer Seeking Room
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Lt. Solomon
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Sailor Harold E. Smith
Craig Stevens ...
Danny Williams
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Storyline

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Great! . . . A Story So Warm . . . So Human . . . So Real . . . you'll wish it might never end! With seven great stars who were never greater! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Since You Went Away  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1949 re-release) | (DVD) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time, the longest and most expensive Hollywood film since David O. Selznick's own Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

Quotes

Headwaiter at Steak House: The white fish, signor, is simply delicious. Grilled. You'll like it.
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Lieutenant Tony Willett: There's a war on, you know. Yes, I found that out. All right. Bring us whatever you have. Anything but hash.
Headwaiter at Steak House: Bravo, signor. You will be very...
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Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Words by Katharine Lee Bates (1895)
Sung a cappella by the high school graduates at their graduation ceremony
Reprised in the score when Zofia Koslowska recites Emma Lazarus' poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty
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Classic Gem
8 February 2001 | by (New york) – See all my reviews

Yes, this film can be accused of being cliched and peppered with propaganda. It had it's share of critics even when it was released. It had the tall task of being compared to " Mrs. Miniver" but in the end it stands on it's own as a classic gem. To really enjoy and understand this movie (and truly, all vintage movies)you must place yourself in their time and place.. the context of the times.

I grew up hearing the stories of the hardships of the depression and WWII. My family was not as well off as the family in this film but the emotions were the same. If "since you went away" seems at times to be a little preachy, consider it a peak into a long gone America that we sorely could use a lot of today.

In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful acting, direction, lighting and beautiful score- and of course, the greatest goodby scene of all time! The train station farewell is a masterpiece by itself...get your kleenex!


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