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Since You Went Away (1944)

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


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 <>

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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste  »

Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original novel by Margaret Buell Wilder is in epistolary form - i.e., it consists of a series of letters that she wrote to her husband while he was away at war. 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: [Fidelia places presents under the tree] What are those, Fidelia?
Fidelia: Mr. Hilton done sent these to me a long time ago and told me to put them under the Christmas tree just like we've always done.
[gets choked up]
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Now, now, now, no tears, Fidelia. There's nothing to cry about.
Fidelia: I can't help it. He sent me something, too. Mr. Hilton never forgot me, even when he was fighting them devils.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: He'll be so happy to hear that you're back on the old job again.
Fidelia: Yes, ma'am. Miz Hilton, can I confide you something...
Mrs. Anne Hilton:
Mrs. Anne Hilton:
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The on-screen screenplay credit reads "screenplay by the producer." See more »


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Underrated and I disagree with other viewer's comments
11 September 2003 | by (san Francisco) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was nicely naturalistic rather than melodramatic- in that the naivete, sincerity and hopeful nature of people in the context of 1940s smalltown America was honestly portrayed by all of the principle actors. A pleasant counterpoint to "The Best Years of Our Lives"- yes, admittedly much more of a striving to be cheerful/optimistic bit of propaganda than "Best Years", but similar in tone nonetheless. I also recommend this film for the intriguing casting of Robert Walker (best known as psychopath Bruno Antony in Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train") as Jennifer Jones' somewhat wishy washy yet ultimately tragic boyfriend- the infamous scene where Jones tearfully bids him farewell as his battlefield destined train departs is classic. Genuinely emotional. Not one of the all time best movies I have ever seen, but certainly worth a watch. Probably of interest to Shirley Temple fans, too, as it is one of her 'young adult' roles.

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