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Release Date:
20 July 1944 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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:
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 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)
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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Surrealist painter Salvador Dali worked on a deleted dream sequence with art director William L. Pereira and director Andre de Toth. According to de Toth the sequence "stuck out like a sore thumb and Seznick was right to delete it." Dali designed a more successful dream sequence for Selznick in "Spellbound" the following year. De Toth also claims that nine or ten directors worked on the picture at different times.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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.
Colonel William G. Smollett:Oh, I didn't know, of course.
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Referenced in Best Friends (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock-a-Bye BabySee more »

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53 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
The premier Sunday afternoon experience., 9 February 2004
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

I saw this yesterday on TCM. Yes, it is sentimental, patriotic, and a bit syrupy in the dialog. But it was released in 1944 (filmed right in the middle of the war), so the sentiment and especially the times are aptly reflected. More than anything else, the film's virtues are the performances. Claudette Colbert reminds me very much of Norma Shearer's matriarch in 'The Women:' warm, intelligent, and very likable, but surrounded by the constrictions and circumstances of the time. (It's interesting to hear her tell Joseph Cotten two hours into the film that she feels useless and is not contributing to the war effort when in fact she's been contributing all along.) Cotten is wonderful as her surrogate mate (still carrying a torch after all these years) and daughters Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple are quite good. The standout scene, of course is Jones and real-life husband Robert Walker parting at the train station. The Steiner score (echoing the chugging of the train) and especially Jones' tearful run as the train departs are especially heartbreaking. (Does she sense her soldier's fate? There's something almost psychic in her face as she reads the engraving on the watch.) Good performances also from Agnes Moorehead and Selznick veteran Hattie McDaniel. Nominated for a ton of Oscars, and deservedly so.

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