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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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Personal Remarks See more (87 total) »

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)

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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Claudette Colbert originally turned down the chance to play the lead as she didn't like the idea of playing mother to two teenage daughters. Enlisting the help of gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, David O. Selznick was able to finally convince her to take on the part.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:
Lieutenant Tony Willett:[sirens wailing] Uh-oh. Yep. It's one of them all right.
Mrs. Anne Hilton:What have we been doing? You weren't speeding.
Lieutenant Tony Willett:Have things changed around here? Do you have to be doing something now before you get a ticket?
Police Officer:Where do you think you're going?
Lieutenant Tony Willett:I wish I knew. What's your guess? Gibralter? New Guinea? Kiska?
Police Officer:You stationed around here?
Lieutenant Tony Willett:Well, yes and no. Look officer, I don't want to be rude, but we're not in a particularly chatty frame of mind. So, would you mind filling out one of those pretty little slips and getting it over with?
Police Officer:You weren't doing anything.
Lieutenant Tony Willett:I wasn't?
Mrs. Anne Hilton:Well, what's all this about?
[...]
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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Personal Remarks, 26 August 2004
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

As I watched this recently on Turner Movie Classics, a number of trivial points ran through my mind. David O. Selznick certainly had a knack for making clear statements and making sure that everything in his productions (at least up to this time) was easily understood by viewers of all levels.

As his cinematographer, Lee Garmes, was noted for his tendency toward dark images, I was constantly aware of the many shadows in his shots. For his actors to move from one position to another they walk through at least one area of total darkness. There are many shadows on their faces, many profiles, and sharp light and dark contrasts in the background. While Selznick reportedly didn't appreciate Garmes' signature style for GWTW, David certainly tolerated it here, and this dark ambiance gave "Since You Went Away" a quality of depth and substance it might not otherwise have had.

David's effort to get the "perfect" cast paid off. With Colbert anchoring the enactment with a great performance, the film was also blessed with excellent work from Cotten, Jones, Temple, Wooley, McDaniel, Moorhead, et al.

It looks like Colbert's preference for being photographed from the left side is valid. On my system, motion can be stopped and slowly forwarded, observing her from the right side when she turns. In real time one only glimpses; in slow motion one can see her point.

Max Steiner's themes are quite haunting (one of his main ones reveals generic influences of the "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde--another the basis for a later Christmas song) and his careful underscoring of every action works well here. TMC Channel's inclusion of the complete Overture and Entr'acte enhances the presentation's effectiveness. It's a joy to see material once cut from so many "classics" now sensitively restored.

Knowing what the Walkers were going through in real life (marital separation) during this filming does indeed make me further appreciate the fine quality of their work. Though Jennifer reportedly often left the set in tears, not a hint of that shows. That indeed is strong acting.

The volume of sad and tragic events depicted in this film now seems, by the end, a wee bit much. Still, this "tear jerker supreme" continues to be enjoyed by many viewers, and "Since You Went Away," remains a nostalgic enactment of an emotional period in American history.



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