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Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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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

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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

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 »

Goofs

Colonel Smollett (Monty Wooley) struggled to place a garden glove on his right hand. In the next shot, it's on his left hand. 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

Hinky Dinky Parlay Voo (Mad'moiselle from Armentieres)
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph Tunbridge
Whistled by Monty Woolley
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9 February 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I saw this yesterday on TCM. Yes, it is sentimental, patriotic, and a bit syrupy in the dialog. But it was released in 1944 (filmed right in the middle of the war), so the sentiment and especially the times are aptly reflected. More than anything else, the film's virtues are the performances. Claudette Colbert reminds me very much of Norma Shearer's matriarch in 'The Women:' warm, intelligent, and very likable, but surrounded by the constrictions and circumstances of the time. (It's interesting to hear her tell Joseph Cotten two hours into the film that she feels useless and is not contributing to the war effort when in fact she's been contributing all along.) Cotten is wonderful as her surrogate mate (still carrying a torch after all these years) and daughters Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple are quite good. The standout scene, of course is Jones and real-life husband Robert Walker parting at the train station. The Steiner score (echoing the chugging of the train) and especially Jones' tearful run as the train departs are especially heartbreaking. (Does she sense her soldier's fate? There's something almost psychic in her face as she reads the engraving on the watch.) Good performances also from Agnes Moorehead and Selznick veteran Hattie McDaniel. Nominated for a ton of Oscars, and deservedly so.


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