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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

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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Als du Abschied nahmst  »

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Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(1949 re-release) | (DVD) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Claudette Colbert originally turned down the chance to play the lead as she didn't like the idea of playing mother to two teenage daughters. Enlisting the help of gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, David O. Selznick was able to finally convince her to take on the part. See more »

Quotes

Colonel William G. Smollett: He struggled so hard to be a soldier, because I insisted on it. I, in my infinite wisdom.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: He would have been a soldier anyway, as things turned out.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Yes, but all he learned from me was the glory, the decorations, the parades.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Bill had character and courage. I know you gave him those.
Colonel William G. Smollett: I hope so.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: He loved you.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Mrs. Hilton, I'm not a child. He hated me. To whom did that telegram come? Why, he didn't even list me as next of kin.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: The telegram came to Jane, because they were to be married.
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Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Every Christmas I HAVE to Watch This Story
21 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Call 'Since You Went Away' schmaltzy, cliched, idealized, propaganda, soapy

  • whatever you like: I LOVE this movie. It was made when we called them


movies, not films, not cinema.

Every Christmastime I HAVE to watch 'Since You Went Away'. The laughter - that good, clean kind of fun laughter that gets trashed nowadays by the many who like to affect "sophisticated" jadedness - it provokes from my heart, and the tears it pulls from my eyes are worth every second of this Selznick masterpiece (in my opinion this movie trumps the overblown, talky, overpraised 'Gone With The Wind').

I laugh and cry, especially, watching and listening to the gifted, lovely Hattie McDaniel handling her role, a good measure of which was written in the period's typical "Negro dialect," with dignity and aplomb. If I had to be stranded on a desert island with one person I'd hope it could be McDaniel, a woman who embodied grace under pressure.

Claudette Colbert simply glows throughout. Jennifer Jones oozes smoldering sexuality, but manages to convince us that she's a teen verging on responsible adulthood. Shirley Temple tugs at your heartstrings. McDaniel radiates strength, stamina, and tenderness. Monty Woolley irritates and charms. Joseph Cotten brings a healthy dose of class and charm. Agnes Moorehead infuriates - she was one of the most talented actresses ever to grace the screen. Robert Walker exemplifies the innocence that war guts from the young, and the sacrifice made, like his character, by thousands of young people in defending, and assuring the legacy, of America's founding ideals.

Have your tissues - a whole box - handy. And let 'Since You Went Away' make your heart soar.


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