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Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 July 1944 (USA)
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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
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 <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 »


Drama | Romance | War


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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste  »

Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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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?


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 »


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: Now I don't want to shock you, but it's no wonder those Italians can paint. There was a dame standing right in the middle of the street with a big tub of spaghetti, and she had - she had -
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Now never mind what she had. I have a little imagination.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Yeah. Well, even as I looked at her, I thought, "She's good, but what are they all? What are all the women in the world compared with Anne?"
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Tony, will you never stop?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: No, I'll never stop, Anne. As long as I can dream about you.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: If you ever thought the...
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »


(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
In the score often, symbolizing the love between Anne and her absent husband Tim
Played by the band at the dance and sung off-screen by an unidentified singer; danced by Joseph Cotten and Claudette Colbert and other couples
Whistled by Joseph Cotten twice
Played also on a music box
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This one holds up well
12 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw it last evening on TCM. Excellent performances by a stellar cast, filmed at a time when Hollywood and American movie audiences were fully experiencing World War 2 on the "home-front". This film has somehow managed to avoid becoming "dated" and remains entertaining, appealing and instructive to a contemporary audience. The story is primarily about a middle class family and its attempts to deal with problems caused by the war. The characters are decent people confronted by issues that test their faith and ability to carry on with life in a normal way. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Claudette Colbert and Monty Woolley, although the entire cast did excellent jobs. The music was appealing and appropriate and helped create the mood intended. TCM played the opening "Overture" which added to the production quality. Three hours is a long sitting but this one is worth it.

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