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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Details

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

Katharine Cornell loved the book and campaigned to play the role, but David O. Selznick turned her down in favor of Claudette Colbert. 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

Jane Hilton: I beg your pardon, Colonel Smollett. There's someone here to see you. Your grandson.
Colonel William G. Smollett: William?
Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd: Hello, Grandpa!
Colonel William G. Smollett: To what peculiar combination of circumstances do I owe this visit, William?
Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd: Well, you see, I was transferred out here to Chamberlain Field, and I found out at your office...
Colonel William G. Smollett: Indeed? I wasn't even aware that the United States forces had been honored by your membership.
Cpl. Bill Smollett 2nd: I enlisted, sir. Last summer.
Colonel William G. Smollett: So. I don't think we need trouble these young women with your autobiography. Let's go into...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home . . . 1943 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 »

Connections

Featured in Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung a cappella by carollers, including Jimmy Clemons Jr.
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One of the best movies about life on the 'homefront' during war
11 January 2005 | by jarcid-1See all my reviews

Subtle and nuanced in most places, a bit obvious in others, Since you went away may be the best war movie ever made that doesn't have a war scene. It follows the life of a family in the early days of America's entry into World War II. The coming of age thrust upon young men and women is splendidly captured, but central is the silent pain and worry of those who with loved ones in harm's way. Watch for the scene when Mr. Mahoney leaves the movie theater. There is no dialog, and there need not be.

This movie is often shown near the Holidays because of a great Christmas scene,it's general warmth, and its theme of Country, God, and Family.

One of Jennifer Jones' best performances, with strong work by Claudette Colbert, Shirly Temple, Joseph Cotten, Robert Walker, Hattie McDaniel and Monty Woolley. Agnes Moorehead foreshadows her role years later in the series 'Bewtiched', playing the town 'witch'.


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