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
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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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 »


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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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Did You Know?


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


Lieutenant Tony Willett: [sirens wailing] Uh-oh. Yep. It's one of them all right.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: What have we been doing? You weren't speeding.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Have things changed around here? Do you have to be doing something now before you get a ticket?
Police Officer: Where do you think you're going?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: I wish I knew. What's your guess? Gibralter? New Guinea? Kiska?
Police Officer: You stationed around here?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Well, yes and no. Look officer, I don't want to be rude, but we're not in a particularly chatty frame of mind. So, would you mind filling out one of those pretty little slips ...
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Claudette Colbert (1962) See more »


Shoo-Shoo Baby
(1943) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Phil Moore
Sung by soldiers on a train
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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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