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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anne Hilton
... Jane Hilton
... Lt. Tony Willett
... Brig Hilton
... Col. William G. Smollett
... Clergyman
... Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd
... Fidelia
... Emily Hawkins
... Zofia Koslowska (as Nazimova)
... Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
... Marine Officer Seeking Room
... Lt. Solomon
... Hal Smith
... Danny Williams


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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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 »


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Release Date:

20 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desde que te fuiste  »


Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


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

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sixth-billed Lionel Barrymore as the Priest is on screen for less than 90 seconds. See more »


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 »


Lieutenant Tony Willett: How's Jane?
Anne Hilton: She's fine. Her thinking is as clear as a bell. How am I, why don't you ask?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Trying to figure out what sacrifices you can make, is that it?
Anne Hilton: Don't Tony.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: I'm sorry. But after all you're been through, to have to listen to you berate yourself. You wouldn't sit down like a good girl and let me talk for a minute, would you?
Anne Hilton: All right. But I won't promise to listen.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Look, Anne. What's your guess as to why I joined the Navy?
Anne Hilton: Cause you want to do your part, just the way Tim did.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Don't kid ...
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Crazy Credits

The on-screen screenplay credit reads "Screen Play by the Producer." See more »


Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
In the score during the opening scenes (wedding trip plaque shown)
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Oh, wonderful! Bravo!
25 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is beyond words. Filmed and released during the war and dealing with the war, this film would have attracted many to the theater being that those at home were faced with the same issues. They would have seen that they are not alone in their battle and that even Hollywood can show that they are not by themselves.

I have never seen a movie that touched me quite as well as this one. I find it interesting that when the movie first opens, Mr. Hilton has just left for the war, so you don't see him. And then when it closes...not to give anything away...but, hence, the title, "Since You Went Away." You'll get that if you watch the movie. The acting is superb, as well as the script, direction, etc. The whole movie is just wonderful. It all seems natural and it's almost like you were watching in through a window at these people's daily lives during the war. It's a good insight to see what it was like during that time. It's almost flawless.

And might I add that I fell in love with Robert Walker as Bill, and I was just rooting for that relationship between him and Jane Hilton. Their love gives you a chance to see love blossoming during the war, and then what happens when he's sent away to war.

Claudette Colbert was a very warm, understanding mother in the film, and you see the effect that a husband's going away to war has on a wife/mother. You find out that they lead two lives: one, in the public, where they appear to be strong and leading their lives as if nothing has happened, war or not. And then there's the second, where they're by themselves, lonely, sad, weak. But in reality they are not, and they are even stronger for leading this double life because it keeps the morale high in the home, helping their children realize not to dwell and to be strong.

This movie must have helped and/or touched many people when they went to see it, realizing that they must be strong. It helped me to really see what everyone when through those days, and let me see now, in today's world, most people are ignorant and don't realize some people are living with those sorts of things happening to them, having people go away in war and maybe dying or missing in action. It's pretty horrible, actually.

I give this movie 10 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes a really excellent movie.

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