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When the Lights Go on Again (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 23 October 1944 (USA)
Ted and Arline, a young couple in love, decide to impulsively get married, despite the disapproval of their families. However, soon thereafter, Ted is drafted into the army and sent ... See full summary »

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Barbara Belden ...
Arline Cary
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Bill Regan - Reporter
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Pat 'Gramps' Benson
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Mr. Arnold Benson
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Clara Benson
Harry Shannon ...
Tom Cary
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Andy
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Bob, the Train Engineer
Luis Alberni ...
Joe
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Joey Benson
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Old Panhandler
Jill Browning ...
Peggy
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Ted and Arline, a young couple in love, decide to impulsively get married, despite the disapproval of their families. However, soon thereafter, Ted is drafted into the army and sent overseas to war. Months later, after suffering and surviving on the front lines, he is sent back home, suffering from shell shock. On the train ride home, Ted goes through the various memories of his life to cope. Once home, he tries to adjust to married life and his friends and loved ones give him the support and love he needs to fully recover. A heart-warming war-time story. Written by Anonymous

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War-weary, His Mind remembered only one thing...That he Loved One Girl... See more »

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23 October 1944 (USA)  »

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Luz da Humanidade  »

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A sweet story
28 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although When The Lights Go On Again is your usual anemic PRC film this one is if not a diamond, it's a garnet stone in that rough. It's a very sweet story about a young Marine who gets post traumatic stress, then called combat fatigue and his family.

Young Jimmy Lydon has been cleared for furlough after seeing action at Guadalcanal. In Kansas City on his way to his small town he gets into a traffic accident and sustains a concussion which causes amnesia.

Fortunately his plight is recognized by newspaper reporter Regis Toomey who accompanies him back home and prepares the way. Just before Pearl Harbor Lydon married Barbara Belden and now she and his parents have to reacquaint him with his own world.

There's some drama there too. Lydon worked for Harry Shannon who ran the small town weekly and was politically opposed to Lydon's father Grant Mitchell. A nice Romeo and Juliet situation except that Romeo has been taken in by the Capulets.

PRC may have one of its best films in this simple war time drama. Lydon and Belden are an attractive pair and the cast of veteran character players give them great support. It's a sweet story, don't miss it if it is broadcast.


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