Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944)

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A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Winninger ...
Dudley 'Granfeathers' Osborne
Agatha Butterfield
Connie Marshall ...
Mary Osborne
Mr. York
Robert Bailey ...
Kenneth Normand
Jeep Osborne
Mrs. Helen Dobson


A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan something special for the soldier they've invited to Sunday dinner. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier never got mailed. On the day of the scheduled dinner, another soldier is brought to their home and love soon blossoms between him and Tessa, the young woman who runs the home. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Release Date:

8 December 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sonntagsgast  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Februray 19, 1945 with John Hodiak, Anne Baxter, Charles Winninger reprising their film roles. See more »


I'll See You in My Dreams
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung off screen at the hotel ruins and heard often throughout the picture
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A Great Picture.
4 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I feel I have to take issue with the previous comments from a reader who says they cannot understand why previous readers gave it ten stars. This is the reason I am giving it ten stars as my favourite picture that I first saw in the early 50s. The comments made about John Hodiak not appearing until the end of the picture are wrong. When Hodiak does appear he works solid through to the end of the picture. The comments made about this not being a great film as it was shot on the back lot of Fox are rubbish. I have a lot of the backlot stills that were never seen by the public but were kept by the child star Connie Marshall. A lot of work was put into this picture.Sure it was shot on the back lot of Fox. So was "Casablanca" shot on the back lot of WB and the airport scene at the end shot at Van Nuys airport. That was a great film wasn it? This was child star Connie Marshall's first picture and she was not on the credits as "Introducing" but among the lead cast. As somebody who has been in the film industry and a film buff all his life I appreciate cinema more that anybody. If you are going to vote on a film learn the history about it and not that it was cheaply made. There was a war on at the time this was made and it was made as fantasy to please the picturegoing public. Looking at the votes given on this site it appears to have just done that.The cinema was there for all of us to escape the outside world and live in a fantasy world for a few hours, this picture gave us just that.Top stars, great story, great music and make believe. A pure gem. I hope I have explained now why I personally gave this a top rating and why it will always be my favourite picture.

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