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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 rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct. Written by
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Claudette Colbert originally resisted taking the role of a fortyish mother of a teenager. However, Selznick's insistence that the film would help Wartime morale and a salary of $150,000 convinced the actress to do it. See more »
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 »
Mrs. Anne Hilton:
[as she passes by Colonel Smollett, who is fussing with a bunch of shoes]
Having difficulties, Colonel?
Colonel William G. Smollett:
Oh, hello, Mrs. Hilton. Do you by any chance know where I might get some shoe polish that isn't made of old sausages?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:
I wish I could get some sausage that isn't made of old shoe polish!
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The on-screen screenplay credit reads "screenplay by the producer." See more »
One of the best movies about life on the 'homefront' during war
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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