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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:

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

The photos of Anne's husband Tim, seen frequently in the Hilton home, are of Neil Hamilton. Having just left for the war as the movie starts and heading home as the movie ends, the often-referred-to Tim never actually appears in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Sailor Harold E. Smith: You know, I've never been to the beach in my whole life.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I've never seen the ocean.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: You haven't?
Sailor Harold E. Smith: I never saw it till a couple of months ago.
Jane Deborah Hilton: But you're a sailor.
Sailor Harold E. Smith: I was brought up on a farm.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Oh, I see.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I've never been on a farm.
Jane Deborah Hilton: You haven't?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I was brought up on an Army post.
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The on-screen screenplay credit reads "screenplay by the producer." See more »

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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by Hattie McDaniel, Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple
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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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