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Since You Went Away (1944)

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 (book), Margaret Buell Wilder (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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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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Taglines:

The four most important words since Gone With the Wind-- SINCE YOU WENT AWAY! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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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

Selznick originally filmed a fifteen page speech about the war effort with Fred Stone. Unhappy with the footage, he scrapped it and paid Charles Coburn $10,000 to redo it. Still unhappy with the result, Selznick scrapped the sequence. See more »

Goofs

Joseph Cotten's navy uniform has one military ribbon in a few scenes and at the dance his uniform has pilot's wings and no ribbon. See more »

Quotes

Emily Hawkins: Hello, Jane. What's this I hear about you working at the hospital?
Jane Hilton: I'm a nurse's aide.
Emily Hawkins: A nurse's aide? Oh! What a revolting idea for an unmarried girl of your age. Well, our whole code of living seems to be completely ignored these days, and possibly it's none of my business...
Lieutenant Tony Willett: You're quite right, Mrs. Hawkins. It is none of your business.
Emily Hawkins: I must say, Lieutenant, or Commander, or whatever you are, the Navy hasn't improved your manners any.
Anne Hilton: Please, Tony. Please, Emily. It's the Colonel's ...
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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

The DVD release from MGM restores the film's original entr'acte music, and uses a series of different still photos as the backdrop for both the overture and entr'acte. Previous video and laserdisc releases from CBS/Fox repeated the overture as the intermission music, and used the same still photo (the fireplace shown in the opening credits) for both overture and entr'acte. (In original theatrical showings overture and entr'acte music played over a black screen - the visual montages were added for the home video releases.) See more »

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Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Words by Katharine Lee Bates (1895)
Sung a cappella by the high school graduates at their graduation ceremony
Reprised in the score when Zofia Koslowska recites Emma Lazarus' poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty
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Every Christmas I HAVE to Watch This Story
21 June 2003 | by PiafreduxSee all my reviews

Call 'Since You Went Away' schmaltzy, cliched, idealized, propaganda, soapy - whatever you like: I LOVE this movie. It was made when we called them movies, not films, not cinema.

Every Christmastime I HAVE to watch 'Since You Went Away'. The laughter - that good, clean kind of fun laughter that gets trashed nowadays by the many who like to affect "sophisticated" jadedness - it provokes from my heart, and the tears it pulls from my eyes are worth every second of this Selznick masterpiece (in my opinion this movie trumps the overblown, talky, overpraised 'Gone With The Wind').

I laugh and cry, especially, watching and listening to the gifted, lovely Hattie McDaniel handling her role, a good measure of which was written in the period's typical "Negro dialect," with dignity and aplomb. If I had to be stranded on a desert island with one person I'd hope it could be McDaniel, a woman who embodied grace under pressure.

Claudette Colbert simply glows throughout. Jennifer Jones oozes smoldering sexuality, but manages to convince us that she's a teen verging on responsible adulthood. Shirley Temple tugs at your heartstrings. McDaniel radiates strength, stamina, and tenderness. Monty Woolley irritates and charms. Joseph Cotten brings a healthy dose of class and charm. Agnes Moorehead infuriates - she was one of the most talented actresses ever to grace the screen. Robert Walker exemplifies the innocence that war guts from the young, and the sacrifice made, like his character, by thousands of young people in defending, and assuring the legacy, of America's founding ideals.

Have your tissues - a whole box - handy. And let 'Since You Went Away' make your heart soar.


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