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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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 8 nominations See more »
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Every Christmas I HAVE to Watch This Story See more (88 total) »

Cast

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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 Andersen ... 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)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Minor Role (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)

Butterfly McQueen ... WAC Sergeant (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 »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The original novel by Margaret Buell Wilder is in epistolary form - i.e., it consists of a series of letters that she wrote to her husband while he was away at war.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Colonel Smollett (Monty Woolley) struggled to place a garden glove on his right hand. Later during the same scene in the victory garden, he wears a glove only on his left hand. At the start of the scene he was wearing two gloves. He took them both off, and then put on the right glove upside down before putting on the left glove. Next, when his hands (and soon all of him), were entirely off camera, he had enough time to remove the right glove, which he then carried in his gloved left hand.See more »
Quotes:
Lieutenant Tony Willett:How's Jane?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:She's fine. Her thinking is as clear as a bell. How am I, why don't you ask?
Lieutenant Tony Willett:Trying to figure out what sacrifices you can make, is that it?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:Don't Tony.
Lieutenant Tony Willett:I'm sorry. But after all you're been through, to have to listen to you berate yourself. You wouldn't sit down like a good girl and let me talk for a minute, would you?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:All right. But I won't promise to listen.
Lieutenant Tony Willett:Look, Anne. What's your guess as to why I joined the Navy?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:Cause you want to do your part, just the way Tim did.
Lieutenant Tony Willett:Don't kid yourself. I'm no Tim. I joined up because Top Hat suddenly seemed a little silly and I wanted to have some fun and excitement. I laughed up my sleeve at all the fellows who were giving out with noble motives, the Four Freedoms, and all the rest of it, but I found out that it all added up to a simple, corny phrase that I couldn't laugh off. Home sweet home.
Mrs. Anne Hilton:I know.
[...]
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43 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Every Christmas I HAVE to Watch This Story, 21 June 2003
Author: Piafredux from United States

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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