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Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 July 1944 (USA)
With her husband away to fight in World War II, a housewife struggles to care for their two daughters - and a pair of lodgers who have moved in - alone.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Tony Willett
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Bridget 'Brig' Hilton
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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)
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Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
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Marine Officer Seeking Room
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Lt. Solomon
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Sailor Harold E. Smith
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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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The four most important words since Gone With the Wind-- SINCE YOU WENT AWAY! See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste  »

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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

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 »

Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
Background music played when bad new arrives
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Personal Remarks
26 August 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

As I watched this recently on Turner Movie Classics, a number of trivial points ran through my mind. David O. Selznick certainly had a knack for making clear statements and making sure that everything in his productions (at least up to this time) was easily understood by viewers of all levels.

As his cinematographer, Lee Garmes, was noted for his tendency toward dark images, I was constantly aware of the many shadows in his shots. For his actors to move from one position to another they walk through at least one area of total darkness. There are many shadows on their faces, many profiles, and sharp light and dark contrasts in the background. While Selznick reportedly didn't appreciate Garmes' signature style for GWTW, David certainly tolerated it here, and this dark ambiance gave "Since You Went Away" a quality of depth and substance it might not otherwise have had.

David's effort to get the "perfect" cast paid off. With Colbert anchoring the enactment with a great performance, the film was also blessed with excellent work from Cotten, Jones, Temple, Wooley, McDaniel, Moorhead, et al.

It looks like Colbert's preference for being photographed from the left side is valid. On my system, motion can be stopped and slowly forwarded, observing her from the right side when she turns. In real time one only glimpses; in slow motion one can see her point.

Max Steiner's themes are quite haunting (one of his main ones reveals generic influences of the "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde--another the basis for a later Christmas song) and his careful underscoring of every action works well here. TMC Channel's inclusion of the complete Overture and Entr'acte enhances the presentation's effectiveness. It's a joy to see material once cut from so many "classics" now sensitively restored.

Knowing what the Walkers were going through in real life (marital separation) during this filming does indeed make me further appreciate the fine quality of their work. Though Jennifer reportedly often left the set in tears, not a hint of that shows. That indeed is strong acting.

The volume of sad and tragic events depicted in this film now seems, by the end, a wee bit much. Still, this "tear jerker supreme" continues to be enjoyed by many viewers, and "Since You Went Away," remains a nostalgic enactment of an emotional period in American history.




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