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Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 July 1944 (USA)
With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Tony Willett
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Bridget 'Brig' Hilton
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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)
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Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
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Marine Officer Seeking Room
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Lt. Solomon
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Sailor Harold E. Smith
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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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The four most important words since Gone With the Wind-- SINCE YOU WENT AWAY! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste  »

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 »

Goofs

Colonel William G. Smollett introduces himself as such when he responds to the advertisement for an officer boarder, but is incorrectly called 'Colonel Smollie' by Bridget while tending the victory garden, and again at his birthday party with his cake having 'Colonel Smollie' written on it. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Anne Hilton: By the way, how did you leave Jane?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: With the mumps, and with tears, I'm afraid. I haven't much tact, I guess. I didn't know what to say.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: I know. Poor dear. Then you are very attractive, Tony.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: A bone from Mrs. Hilton?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: No, I mean it. It won't be too easy for Jane, getting over it.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Nonsense. Older men. Every girl goes through it. Didn't you?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Still going through it.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Yeah. Older men named Hilton. Don't you ever worry about Jane.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: I won't. As long as the older men are like you.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: You know something, ...
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Crazy Credits

The on-screen screenplay credit reads "screenplay by the producer." See more »

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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
(circa 1743) (uncredited)
Music attributed to John Reading
Played in the score at the end
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One of the best movies about life on the 'homefront' during war
11 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Subtle and nuanced in most places, a bit obvious in others, Since you went away may be the best war movie ever made that doesn't have a war scene. It follows the life of a family in the early days of America's entry into World War II. The coming of age thrust upon young men and women is splendidly captured, but central is the silent pain and worry of those who with loved ones in harm's way. Watch for the scene when Mr. Mahoney leaves the movie theater. There is no dialog, and there need not be.

This movie is often shown near the Holidays because of a great Christmas scene,it's general warmth, and its theme of Country, God, and Family.

One of Jennifer Jones' best performances, with strong work by Claudette Colbert, Shirly Temple, Joseph Cotten, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel and Monty Woolley. Agnes Moorehead foreshadows her role years later in the series 'Bewtiched', playing the town 'witch'.


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