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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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Brig Hilton
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Col. William G. Smollett
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Clergyman
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Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd
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Fidelia
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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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Hal 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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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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Company Credits

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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

Shirley Temple had been in retirement for two years when David O. Selznick persuaded her to join the film. See more »

Goofs

Colonel William G. Smollett introduces himself as such when he responds to the advertisement for an officer boarder, but is 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. Although Bridget and the other family members know his correct surname and, at the beginning, address him by it, they later clearly address him as 'Smollie' as an affectionate family nickname. See more »

Quotes

Emily Hawkins: Hello, Jane. What's this I hear about you working at the hospital?
Jane Hilton: I'm a nurse's aide.
Emily Hawkins: A nurse's aide? Oh! What a revolting idea for an unmarried girl of your age. Well, our whole code of living seems to be completely ignored these days, and possibly it's none of my business...
Lieutenant Tony Willett: You're quite right, Mrs. Hawkins. It is none of your business.
Emily Hawkins: I must say, Lieutenant, or Commander, or whatever you are, the Navy hasn't improved your manners any.
Anne Hilton: Please, Tony. Please, Emily. It's the Colonel's ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(1859) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod (1859)
Played in the score when Brig prays
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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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