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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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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)
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
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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  »

Box Office

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

One of David O. Selznick's staff members told the producer about Margaret Buell Wilder's novel; he was immediately taken with it. However, Selznick really wanted to make an epic-sized movie, so he had to do a complete overhaul of the book to suit those ends. He was particularly interested in the character of the older daughter, Jane, knowing that it would make a great part for Jennifer Jones. 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

Jane Deborah Hilton: Colonel Smollett, do you mind being talked to at breakfast?
Colonel William G. Smollett: I most certainly do mind.
Jane Deborah Hilton: It's about Bill.
Colonel William G. Smollett: About whom?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Bill. You remember, your grandson.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Yes indeed, I do remember. What about him?
Jane Deborah Hilton: He's a nice boy.
Colonel William G. Smollett: A most interesting observation, Miss Hilton.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I'm afraid you don't understand him. He really needs you to help him, like a mother. He has an inferiority complex, and -
Colonel William G. Smollett: Young woman, I have handled men for 35 years, and I don't think I require any instructions on the subject, least of all ...
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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

Ave Maria
(1859) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod (1859)
Played in the score when Brig prays
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As relevant today as when it was first filmed
6 September 2004 | by (Nevada, Missouri) – See all my reviews

This movie has managed to stay so watchable because the people portrayed in the movie are so real. Strip away some of the obvious 40s references and you get people facing issues that could occur in any era.

Agnes Moorehead's character, Mrs. Emily Hawkins, is alive and well and living in your city. Look at how some of the comments after Sept. 11 reflect the same mean-spirited mindset her character displayed.

More than a mere war story, this is a great character study, one that should be viewed several times, the more you watch it the more you get out of it.


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