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I'll Be Seeing You (1944)

A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance.

Directors:

William Dieterle, George Cukor (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Martin (play), Marion Parsonnet
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Mary Marshall
Joseph Cotten ... Zachary Morgan
Shirley Temple ... Barbara Marshall
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Marshall
Tom Tully ... Mr. Marshall
John Derek ... Lt. Bruce (as Dare Harris)
Chill Wills ... Swanson
Kenny Bowers Kenny Bowers ... Sailor on Train
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Storyline

Mary Marshall, serving a six year term for accidental manslaughter, is given a Christmas furlough from prison to visit her closest relatives, her uncle and his family in a small Midwestern town. On the train she meets Zach Morgan, a troubled army sergeant on leave for the holidays from a military hospital. Although his physical wounds have healed, he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is subject to panic attacks. The pair are attracted to one another and in the warm atmosphere of the Christmas season friendship blossoms into romance, but Mary is reluctant to tell him of her past and that she must shortly return to prison to serve the remainder of her sentence. Written by duke1029

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Both living a secret...each afraid to tell!

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Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Furlough See more »

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Budget:

$3,250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 24, 1945 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »

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(at around 47 mins) Barbara turns on an old vacuum tube radio and Silent Night immediately begins to play without the radio warming up. Then she begins to turn the tuning knob a considerable amount but the same song continues with no station change or static. See more »

Quotes

Mary Marshall: [after Barbara had partitioned all their stuff] Barbara, what I'm in prison for isn't catching.
Barbara Marshall: I'm sorry, Mary, I... I keep hurting you, and... I really don't want to.
Mary Marshall: I guess it is uncomfortable for you to meet somebody who's been in prison. Maybe when you get to know me, you'll feel differently.
Barbara Marshall: I want to know you, Mary. Really, I do.
Mary Marshall: How much do you know about me?
Barbara Marshall: Not much. Mother and Dad still treat me like a child. Everything's a big secret.
Mary Marshall: I don't think it would hurt for you to know. As ...
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I'll Be Seeing You
by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
Performed by the off-screen voice of Louanne Hogan (uncredited)
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A heart warming drama
28 December 1999 | by CalystaSee all my reviews

Although I enjoyed the talents of Ginger Rogers more in her infamous teamings with Fred Astaire, and her comic abilities in the Katharine Hepburn movie "Stage Door", she cannot at least be given some credit for her fine dramatic acting as well, of which pleasantly surprised me. Her portrayal a woman convicted for manslaughter, is inspirational, as her character helps a suffering soldier find solace, while attempting to hide the secret she dreads will threaten his full recovery.

With Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple in the supporting cast, the movie is nonetheless up to mainstream Hollywood standards. I did find that the movie was a little light on the drama in some parts, in comparison to later Hollywood films like Audrey Hepburn's "The Nun's Story", but the romance story was lovely.

Definitely a must for Ginger Rogers fans, and fans of a good old fashioned Hollywood flick in the best style that they just don't make anymore. Rating: 8/10


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