Since You Went Away ()

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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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Anne Hilton
Jane Hilton
Lt. Tony Willett
Brig Hilton
Col. William G. Smollett
Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd
Emily Hawkins
Zofia Koslowska (as Nazimova)
Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
Marine Officer Seeking Room
Lt. Solomon
Hal Smith
Danny Williams
Mr. Mahoney
Johnny Mahoney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Adams ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Nurse (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Patron at Bar (uncredited)
Bartender at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Shelby Bacon ...
Black Couple's Son (uncredited)
Train Station Gateman (uncredited)
Cecil Ballerino ...
Patient at Potters Wheel (uncredited)
Dick Baron ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Warren Barr ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Kirk Barron ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Hungry Woman on Train (uncredited)
Conrad Binyon ...
Page Boy (uncredited)
Gabby Woman on Telephone at Train Station (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
AWOL Soldier in Train Station (uncredited)
Man in Movie Theatre (uncredited)
Warren Burr ...
Serious Soldier (uncredited)
Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Sugar's Officer Friend (uncredited)
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Loudie Claar ...
Young Mother (uncredited)
Man at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Jimmy Clemons Jr. ...
Boy Caroler (uncredited)
Black Officer's Wife in Train Station (uncredited)
Taxpayer (uncredited)
Tom Dawson ...
Tough Bronx Soldier (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Elderly Woman on Train (uncredited)
Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Devlin ...
Gladys Brown (uncredited)
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Marine Lover (uncredited)
Mary Anne Durkin ...
Frightened Girl at Dance (uncredited)
Paul Esberg ...
Convalescent (uncredited)
Ruth Feldman ...
Soldier's Grandmother (uncredited)
Girl at Dance (uncredited)
High School Principal (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ...
Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Sugar (uncredited)
Becky Anderson (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ...
Short Private on Dance Floor (uncredited)
Second Train Conductor (uncredited)
Eager Sailor (uncredited)
Merchant Marine's Wife (uncredited)
Neila Hart ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
First Train Conductor (uncredited)
Joyce Horne ...
Swenson's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Betsy Howard ...
Friend of Envious Girl at Train Station (uncredited)
Russell Hoyt ...
One-Armed Sailor (uncredited)
Convalescent Wishing for Tutti Frutti (uncredited)
Earl Jacobs ...
One-Armed Boy (uncredited)
Friendly Sergeant at Dance (uncredited)
Sergeant's Child in Train Station (uncredited)
Janelle Johnson Dolenz ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ...
Black Officer in Train Station (uncredited)
Verna Knopf ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
Marine's Second Girl Friend (uncredited)
Dorothy Mann ...
Marine's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Businessman in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Former Plowboy (uncredited)
WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ...
Military Policeman (uncredited)
Refugee Child on Train (uncredited)
Soldier Grandson (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ...
Headwaiter at Steak House (uncredited)
Don Najarian ...
Baby (uncredited)
Jon Najarian ...
Baby (uncredited)
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Bowling Alley Pin Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Peters ...
Tall WAC (uncredited)
Woman at Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ...
Convalescent (uncredited)
Gerry Revell ...
Foreman (uncredited)
Maj. Sam Atkins (uncredited)
Envious Girl in Train Station (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ...
Voice in Convalescent Ward (uncredited) (voice)
Soldier Hunting for Susie Fleming (uncredited)
Tony's Friend (uncredited)
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Jill Warren ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Bearded Sailor (uncredited)
Convalescent Wishing for Watermelon (uncredited)
Convalescent on Rehab Steps (uncredited)
Dick Whittington ...
Soda (uncredited)
Charles Williams ...
Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Douglas Wood ...
Man in Cocktail Lounge (uncredited)
Richard C. Wood ...
Convalescent (uncredited)

Directed by

John Cromwell
Edward F. Cline ... (uncredited)
Tay Garnett ... (uncredited)
David O. Selznick ... (uncredited)

Written by

Margaret Buell Wilder ... (based on an adaptation of her book) &
Margaret Buell Wilder ... (book "Since You Went Away: Letters to a Soldier from His Wife")
David O. Selznick ... (screen play: by the producer)

Produced by

David O. Selznick ... producer

Music by

Max Steiner

Cinematography by

Stanley Cortez ... (photographed by)
Lee Garmes ... (photographed by)
George Barnes ... (uncredited) (photographed by)
Robert Bruce ... (uncredited) (photographed by)

Film Editing by

John Faure ... (uncredited)
Arthur Fellows ... (uncredited)
Marsh Hendry ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Hal C. Kern ... supervising film editor
James E. Newcom ... associate film editor
André De Toth ... montage (uncredited)

Production Design by

William L. Pereira

Makeup Department

Peggy Higgins ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Margaret Martin ... associate hair stylist (uncredited)
William Riddle ... associate makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Stephanoff ... makeup supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

Fred Ahern ... production manager (uncredited)
John Burch ... unit manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston ... production manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune ... production manager (uncredited)
George Yohalem ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Lowell J. Farrell ... assistant director
Edward F. Cline ... director: comedy sequences (uncredited)
Tay Garnett ... director: crowd sequences (uncredited)

Art Department

Victor A. Gangelin ... interior decorator
Mark-Lee Kirk ... settings (as Mark Lee Kirk)
Robert Ashton ... draftsman (uncredited)
William Connor ... draftsman (uncredited)
Arden Cripe ... props (uncredited)
Harold Fenton ... construction superintendent (uncredited)
James Forney ... draperies (uncredited)
J. McMillan Johnson ... production artist (uncredited)
Roy McLaughlin ... greens (uncredited)
Frank Pereu ... draftsman (uncredited)
Frederick Robinson ... production artist (uncredited)
A. Leslie Thomas ... production artist (uncredited)
Fred Widdowson ... props (uncredited)
Alfred Ybarra ... chief draftsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Percy Townsend ... recorder
Charles L. Freeman ... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur Johns ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Jack Cosgrove ... special effects
Clarence Slifer ... special effects associate (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Marty Crail ... still photographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald ... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Meade ... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Potevin ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Morris Rosen ... chief grip (uncredited)
Harvey L. Slocomb ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Webb ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Ruth Burch ... casting manager (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Elmer Ellsworth ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Adele Sadler ... wardrobe associate (uncredited)

Music Department

Louis Forbes ... associate music director
David Buttolph ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Lava ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jerome Moross ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Perkins ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Skinner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... conductor (uncredited)
Alexander Tansman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Lydia Schiller ... script girl (uncredited)

Other crew

Barbara Keon ... production assistant
David O. Selznick ... presenter: his production of
J.G. Taylor ... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. J.G. Taylor U. S. Army)
Jack Beaman ... technical advisor: Red Cross scenes (uncredited)
Ulrie Bell ... technical assistant: Office of War Information (uncredited)
A.J. Bolton ... technical assistant: U.S. Navy (uncredited)
William S. Cunningham ... technical assistant: Office of War Information (uncredited)
Tom Douglas ... consultant: Hilton house (uncredited)
Sarah Catherine Haney ... researcher (uncredited)
A. Joan O'Brien ... researcher (uncredited)
May E. Romm ... technical assistant (uncredited)
David O. Selznick ... fill-in director (uncredited)
Iris Taylor ... technical advisor: Red Cross scenes (uncredited)
Walter L. Treadway ... technical assistant: U.S. Public Health Service medical director (uncredited)
Charles Walters ... dance director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Depuis ton départ (France)
  • Desde que te fuiste (Spain)
  • Da quando te ne andasti (Italy)
  • С тех пор как вы ушли (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Sen Gideli (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 177 min
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Budget $3,257,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker play young lovers. In real life, they were at the end of a failed marriage and divorced shortly after. She later married David O. Selznick, the producer of this film. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988). See more »
Soundtracks There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home) See more »
Crazy Credits Closing credits epilogue: Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. See more »
Quotes Anne Hilton: Jane, dear, come into the living room. I'd like to talk to you.
Jane Hilton: What's the matter, Mom?
Anne Hilton: Well, mayn't I talk to you if I want to?
Jane Hilton: Of course, but you sound so strange.
Anne Hilton: Do I? I'm sorry, I don't mean to.
Jane Hilton: What is it? Why couldn't Brig hear? Is that why you sent her - ? Not about... Pop.
Anne Hilton: No. Sit down, darling. Jane, dear, I'm terribly proud of the way you've grown up. I'm sorry Pop missed it.
Jane Hilton: Oh, is that all? That's sweet of you, Mother.
Anne Hilton: No, dear, it isn't...
Jane Hilton: It's so wonderful being at the hospital. I wish you could come and visit.
Anne Hilton: I will.
Jane Hilton: But some of it's so sad. If you could see those boys. And they're so cheerful, most of them.
Anne Hilton: I know. They have such courage. I like to think that you have that kind of courage, too, darling.
Jane Hilton: What are you trying to tell me?
Anne Hilton: That when a man goes off to war, we have to be...
Jane Hilton: Bill!
Anne Hilton: The telegram came just a few minutes ago. It was addressed to you, but I opened it.
Jane Hilton: Did it say he was missing, or what? I don't care if he's wounded, I don't care what's happened to him, if only...
Anne Hilton: No, dear, it said he... it said he died in action at Salerno.
Jane Hilton: Oh, it couldn't be! It couldn't be! It could be a mistake, couldn't it, Mother? I've heard that sometimes - sometimes they get the names mixed up.
Anne Hilton: Oh, no, honey, you mustn't fool yourself! That would be the worst thing of all. You've got to face it, as hard and cruel as it is.
Jane Hilton: Yes, I know. I've known it all along. Oh, Mother!
Anne Hilton: Cry, darling. Cry your heart out. I won't try to tell you that you'll get over it soon, because it will take time - maybe a long time.
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