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Since You Went Away (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 20 July 1944 (USA)
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.

Directors:

John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Margaret Buell Wilder (based on an adaptation of her book), David O. Selznick (screen play: by the producer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Anne Hilton
Jennifer Jones ... Jane Hilton
Joseph Cotten ... Lt. Tony Willett
Shirley Temple ... Brig Hilton
Monty Woolley ... Col. William G. Smollett
Lionel Barrymore ... Clergyman
Robert Walker ... Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd
Hattie McDaniel ... Fidelia
Agnes Moorehead ... 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 ... Hal Smith
Craig Stevens ... Danny Williams
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Storyline

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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David O. Selznick's first production since "Gone With the Wind" and "Rebecca" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,257,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1949 re-release) | (DVD) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominated film starring Shirley Temple. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Smollett (Monty Woolley) struggled to place a garden glove on his right hand. Later, during the same scene in the victory garden, he wears a glove only on his left hand. At the start of the scene he was wearing two gloves. He took them both off, and then put on the right glove upside down before putting on the left glove. Next, when his hands (and soon all of him), were entirely off camera, he had enough time to remove the right glove, which he then carried in his gloved left hand. See more »

Quotes

Major Sam Atkins: Hello, Tony. I didn't know you were in town.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Hello, Sam. It's quite a dance you fellows are putting on here. What's the matter? You look upset.
Major Sam Atkins: Just got some bad news. Good evening, Mrs. Hilton.
Anne Hilton: Good evening, Major.
Major Sam Atkins: Plane crash. Don't say anything about it now, it might spoil the fun.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: That's too bad. Where'd it happen?
Major Sam Atkins: Right outside town. Lost one of my best boys.
Anne Hilton: What was his name?
Major Sam Atkins: Mahoney. He hit some wires.
Anne Hilton: Oh, not Johnny!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. See more »

Alternate Versions

Cut to 130 minutes for a 1949 reissue. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(1859) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gounod (1859)
Played in the score when Brig prays
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9 February 2004 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

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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