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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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Zofia Koslowska (as Nazimova)
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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

Tay Garnett directed part of the film uncredited; Edward F. Cline, a specialist in comedies, was brought in to direct the comedy sequences; producer David O. Selznick filled in as director for four days when director John Cromwell was not available. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Smollett (Monty Woolley) struggled to place a garden glove on his right hand. Later during the same scene in the victory garden, he wears a glove only on his left hand. At the start of the scene he was wearing two gloves. He took them both off, and then put on the right glove upside down before putting on the left glove. Next, when his hands (and soon all of him), were entirely off camera, he had enough time to remove the right glove, which he then carried in his gloved left hand. See more »

Quotes

Anne Hilton: Jane, dear, come into the living room. I'd like to talk to you.
Jane Hilton: What's the matter, Mom?
Anne Hilton: Well, mayn't I talk to you if I want to?
Jane Hilton: Of course, but you sound so strange.
Anne Hilton: Do I? I'm sorry, I don't mean to.
Jane Hilton: What is it? Why couldn't Brig hear? Is that why you sent her - ? Not about... Pop.
Anne Hilton: No. Sit down, darling. Jane, dear, I'm terribly proud of the way you've grown up. I'm sorry Pop missed it.
Jane Hilton: Oh, is that all? That's sweet of you, Mother.
Anne Hilton: No, dear, it isn't...
Jane Hilton: It's so wonderful being at the hospital. ...
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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

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Played in the score during a snowball fight
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Classic Gem
8 February 2001 | by 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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