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20 July 1944 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Claudette Colbert ... Mrs. Anne Hilton

Jennifer Jones ... Jane Deborah Hilton

Joseph Cotten ... Lt. Tony Willett

Shirley Temple ... Bridget 'Brig' Hilton
Monty Woolley ... Col. William G. Smollett

Lionel Barrymore ... Clergyman

Robert Walker ... Cpl. William G. 'Bill' Smollett II

Hattie McDaniel ... Fidelia

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Emily Hawkins

Alla Nazimova ... Zofia Koslowska (as Nazimova)
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
Gordon Oliver ... Marine Officer Seeking Room

Keenan Wynn ... Lt. Solomon

Guy Madison ... Sailor Harold E. Smith
Craig Stevens ... Danny Williams
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Mahoney - Grocer
Jackie Moran ... Johnny Mahoney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Adams ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Dorothy Adams ... Nurse (uncredited)
Florence Allen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Anderson ... Patron at Bar (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Bartender at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Shelby Bacon ... Black Couple's Son (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Train Station Gateman (uncredited)
Cecil Ballerino ... Patient at Potters Wheel (uncredited)
Dick Baron ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Warren Barr ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kirk Barron ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Florence Bates ... Hungry Woman on Train (uncredited)
Conrad Binyon ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Gabby Woman on Telephone at Train Station (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Johnny Bond ... AWOL Soldier in Train Station (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Man in Movie Theatre (uncredited)
Warren Burr ... Serious Soldier (uncredited)
James Bush ... Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Sugar's Officer Friend (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Loudie Claar ... Young Mother (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Man at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Jimmy Clemons Jr. ... Boy Caroler (uncredited)

Dorothy Dandridge ... Black Officer's Wife in Train Station (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Taxpayer (uncredited)
Tom Dawson ... Tough Bronx Soldier (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Elderly Woman on Train (uncredited)

John Derek ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Devlin ... Gladys Brown (uncredited)
Jimmie Dodd ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Steve Dunhill ... Marine Lover (uncredited)
Mary Anne Durkin ... Frightened Girl at Dance (uncredited)
Paul Esberg ... Convalescent (uncredited)
Ruth Feldman ... Soldier's Grandmother (uncredited)

Rhonda Fleming ... Girl at Dance (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... High School Principal (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Cindy Garner ... Sugar (uncredited)
Ann Gillis ... Becky Anderson - Class President (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Short Private on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Second Train Conductor (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Eager Sailor (uncredited)
Marilyn Hare ... Merchant Marine's Wife (uncredited)
Neila Hart ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... First Train Conductor (uncredited)
Joyce Horne ... Swenson's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Betsy Howard ... Friend of Envious Girl at Train Station (uncredited)
Russell Hoyt ... One-Armed Sailor (uncredited)
Warren Hymer ... Convalescent Wishing for Tutti Frutti (uncredited)
Earl Jacobs ... One-Armed Boy (uncredited)
John James ... Friendly Sergeant at Dance (uncredited)
Eilene Janssen ... Sergeant's Child in Train Station (uncredited)
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Black Officer in Train Station (uncredited)
Verna Knopf ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Marine's Second Girl Friend (uncredited)
Dorothy Mann ... Marine's Girl Friend (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Businessman in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Andrew V. McLaglen ... Former Plowboy (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Military Policeman (uncredited)

Terry Moore ... Refugee Child on Train (uncredited)
Neyle Morrow ... Soldier Grandson (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Headwaiter at Steak House (uncredited)
Don Najarian ... Baby (uncredited)
Jon Najarian ... Baby (uncredited)
Martha Outlaw ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Bowling Alley Pin Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Peters ... Tall WAC (uncredited)

Aileen Pringle ... Woman at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Convalescent (uncredited)
Gerry Revell ... Foreman (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Maj. Sam Atkins (uncredited)

Ruth Roman ... Envious Girl in Train Station (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ... Voice in Convalescent Ward (voice) (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Soldier Hunting for Susie Fleming (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Tony's Friend (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Jill Warren ... Waitress (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Bearded Sailor (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Convalescent Wishing for Watermelon (uncredited)
James Westerfield ... Convalescent on Rehab Steps (uncredited)
Dick Whittington ... Soda - the Dog (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ... Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Richard C. Wood ... Convalescent (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Edward F. Cline (uncredited)
Tay Garnett (uncredited)
David O. Selznick (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Margaret Buell Wilder (book "Since You Went Away: Letters to a Soldier from His Wife")

Margaret Buell Wilder (adaptation)

David O. Selznick (screenplay)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez (photographed by)
Lee Garmes (photographed by)
George Barnes (photographed by) (uncredited)
Robert Bruce (photographed by) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
John Faure (uncredited)
Arthur Fellows (uncredited)
Marsh Hendry (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
William L. Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Mark-Lee Kirk (settings) (as Mark Lee Kirk)
 
Makeup Department
Peggy Higgins .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Margaret Martin .... associate hair stylist (uncredited)
William Riddle .... associate makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager (uncredited)
John Burch .... unit manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
George Yohalem .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Edward F. Cline .... director: comedy sequences (uncredited)
Tay Garnett .... director: crowd sequences (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Victor A. Gangelin .... interior decorator
Robert Ashton .... draftsman (uncredited)
William Connor .... draftsman (uncredited)
Arden Cripe .... props (uncredited)
Harold Fenton .... construction superintendent (uncredited)
James Forney .... draperies (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson .... production artist (uncredited)
Roy McLaughlin .... greens (uncredited)
Frank Pereu .... draftsman (uncredited)
Frederick Robinson .... production artist (uncredited)
A. Leslie Thomas .... production artist (uncredited)
Fred Widdowson .... props (uncredited)
Alfred Ybarra .... chief draftsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Percy Townsend .... sound recordist
Charles L. Freeman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur Johns .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
Clarence Slifer .... special effects associate (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marty Crail .... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Potevin .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... chief grip (uncredited)
Harvey L. Slocomb .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Webb .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ruth Burch .... casting manager (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Adele Sadler .... wardrobe associate (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising editor
James E. Newcom .... associate film editor
André De Toth .... montage (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... associate music director
David Buttolph .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Perkins .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Alexander Tansman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... production assistant
David O. Selznick .... presenter
J.G. Taylor .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. J.G. Taylor U.S. Army)
Jack Beaman .... technical advisor: Red Cross scenes (uncredited)
Ulrie Bell .... technical assistant: Office of War Information (uncredited)
A.J. Bolton .... technical assistant: U.S. Navy (uncredited)
William S. Cunningham .... technical assistant: Office of War Information (uncredited)
Tom Douglas .... consultant: Hilton house (uncredited)
Sarah Catherine Haney .... researcher (uncredited)
A. Joan O'Brien .... researcher (uncredited)
May E. Romm .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Lydia Schiller .... script girl (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... fill-in director (uncredited)
Iris Taylor .... technical advisor: Red Cross scenes (uncredited)
Walter L. Treadway .... technical assistant: U.S. Public Health Service medical director (uncredited)
Charles Walters .... dance director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
UK:172 min | USA:130 min (1949 re-release) | 177 min (DVD version) | 172 min (copyright length) | West Germany:120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Within the film Joseph Cotton presents Jennifer Jones with a Hummel-like statue of a boy with a toothache, officially titled 'Dentist Dodger.' The piece was commissioned for the film and created by Viennese-born sculptor Josef Josephu. Josephu was part of Dubler Figurines, making Hummel-like statues during World War Two when there was a ban of the real Hummels (German made).See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Anne Hilton:[journal entry to Tim voice over] I hope you'll think I was right, too, Tim, and that someday you'll be interested in reading this diary. And I hope you won't be too shocked when you hear that I'm actually training for work in a shipyard, of all places. Yes, tremendous changes have taken place in the pampered woman who was your wife. It's hard even for me to realize that I'm studying to be a lady welder. And doing very nicely, so it seems. Oh, Tim, I love it so, and I have such admiration for all these people. There's one woman I can't wait for you to meet. Her name is nothing like anything we ever heard at the country club. It's Zophia Koslowska, and she likes me because she thinks I helped her through a most awful and tragic loneliness.
Zofia Koslowska:I wish my little boy had lived, so he could have seen America. I used to read to him about it every night when the shades were drawn and the sound of heavy boots marching down the street made my poor little Janka shake until I thought his bones would crack. And then we'd pray together that God would let us go to the fairyland across the sea. If only he could have been with me the day I went, all by myself, to the Statue of Liberty and read what it says there for the whole world to see. Do you know it? Anne Hilton, did you ever read it?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:No. I'm sorry to say, I don't know it.
Zofia Koslowska:Oh, I'll never forget it. I know it so well here
[points at her head]
Zofia Koslowska:because I feel it so much here
[points at her chest]
Zofia Koslowska:. It says, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." You've helped light that lamp for me, Anne Hilton.
Mrs. Anne Hilton:[journal voice over] And then, Tim, she said the most thrilling thing that has ever been said to me. She said ...
Zofia Koslowska:You are what I thought America was - what I meant when I prayed with little Janka.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Airplane! (1980)See more »
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U.S. Marine Corps HymnSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Agony on the Homefront, 27 November 2000

The formula for a successful film incorporates good direction, a deep and talented cast, a sophisticated script, and a profound theme. This film has all of the above. The poignant theme is that of the Homefront's waiting for soldiers to safely return from the various battle zones of World War Two, with full knowledge that some would not return. In this film, released just two weeks after D-Day, the daily lives of the characters are dominated by the pall of war, and the casualty reports. Non-patriotic foils are sprinkled throughout, especially those who regularly violate the rationing system. In essence, the main thrust of the film to the audience is this: Do not despair, everyone with servicemen abroad is experiencing the same fears and emotions. Like "Casablanca" and other films produced during the war, the message of common sacrifice prevails. Everyone is in the same boat, or so says Hollywood. This film is both entertaining and instructive, as intended. If this film has a weakness, it is the title. It would better be something like "what would I do when you're no longer here to tell my troubles to?" No longer here could be for the duration of the war--or for eternity.

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