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Since You Went Away (1944) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Tay Garnett and John Cromwell and produced by David O. Selznick.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorMonty WoolleyNominated
Best ActressClaudette ColbertNominated
Best Supporting ActressJennifer JonesNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Mark-Lee Kirk; Interior Decoration: Victor A. GangelinNominated
Best CinematographyStanley Cortez, Lee GarmesNominated
Best Film EditingHal C. Kern, James E. NewcomNominated
Best PictureSelznick International PicturesNominated

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Classic Movie Dogathon: Since You Went Away

By Jnpickens on Feb 22, 2012 From Comet Over Hollywood

As many of you know the wartime film “Since You Went Away” (1944) is one of my all time favorite movies. It has everything: An excellent cast filled with cameos, poignant moments, and magnificent camera work. But one of my favorite things about the film is the Hilton’s English Bull... Read full article

Birthday Blogathon: Film #4 Since You Went Away 1944

By Jnpickens on Nov 17, 2011 From Comet Over Hollywood

For my fourth evening of birthday favorite films I chose: Jane and Bridget listening to Anne read a letter from their father. (This actually is my desktop background). Brief plot: The story of Anne Hilton and her two daughters Jane and Bridget on the American World War 2 home front while their fathe... Read full article

Since You Went Away

By Alyson on Feb 16, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Since You Went Away focuses on the Hilton family?s struggles after the man of the house has enlisted in the military for WWII. ?The suburban family consists of the mother, Anne (Claudette Colbert), two teenage daughters, older Jane (Jennifer Jones), younger whinier Bridget (Shirley Temple) and a bul... Read full article

Since You Went Away(1944).

By Dawn on Jan 23, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Since You Went Away(1944). Directed by John Cromwell. Produced by David O. Selznick from the novel Since You Went Away: Letters to a Soldier from His Wife by Margaret Buell Wilder. The music score was by Max Steiner and the cinematography by Stanley Cortez, Lee Garmes, George Barnes (uncredited) and... Read full article

Since You Went Away (1944)

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

Jennifer Jones, Claudette Colbert, Shirley Temple in Since You Went Away (1944) "This is a story of the Unconquerable Fortress: the American Home..." During WWII, producer David O. Selznick was searching for a way to contribute to the war effort. He was offered two opportunities by the governmen... Read full article

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Quotes from

Colonel William G. Smollett: Oh yes, and another thing. I neglected to inform your mother that I like my breakfast promptly at seven. Coffee, thin toast, and two eggs, boiled, two and a half minutes, under no circumstances more than three.
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: But golly, Colonel Smollett, we can't afford to give you breakfast.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Indeed?
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: Even as it is now, poor Mother doesn't know what she's going to do. When Fidelia was here, the bills didn't seem so high, but now, with the way things are going -
Colonel William G. Smollett: Please. I'm quite prepared to pay.
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: Oh. That's fine. What would you say to fifty cents a day?
Colonel William G. Smollett: That seems a bit high under the circumstances.
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: All right, we'll make it three dollars a week. There's the doorbell. Well, let's call it a deal. Good night, Colonel.

Lieutenant Solomon: It's a wonderful party, Mrs. Hilton.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: It's Tony. He brings life to any party.
Lieutenant Solomon: Tony's doomed to go through life as everybody's darling.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Even to his men?
Lieutenant Solomon: Well, they don't think of him as darling, exactly. Hero worship's more like it. I'll bet he didn't tell you he's been recommended for the Navy Cross.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: No, really?
Lieutenant Solomon: Uh-huh. Oh, he'll make jokes about it, but he's very proud of it.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Well, where did -
[Tony enters]
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh, I want to talk to you, John Paul Jones.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: What have I done now?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: The Navy Cross - that's what you've done.
[Tony glares at Lt. Solomon]
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Yes, he told me. Do they give you a ribbon?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Uh-huh.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Well what does it look like? What are the colors?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: [pointing at a ribbon on Lt. Solomon's chest] As a matter of fact, it looks just like that.
Lieutenant Solomon: Aw, stop it, Tony. This is an old one. It's last year's model.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Listen, Anne, he'll joke about it, but he's really very proud of it.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Well, he said the same thing about you.
Lieutenant Solomon: If you people will excuse me now.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Oh, he did, did he?

Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: You will marry me when it's over, won't you, Jane? You won't be mad at me because I didn't marry you now?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Of course I won't be mad. But you take care of yourself.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I will.
Jane Deborah Hilton: You write to me.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I will. You do understand, don't you?
Jane Deborah Hilton: I think so.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: You know it's because I wouldn't want you to be - Well, you know, if anything happened to me ...
Jane Deborah Hilton: A widow, you mean.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Well, yes, but not only that. If something happened - I mean, if I was -
Jane Deborah Hilton: If you were wounded? Oh, Bill, I'd take care of you the rest of our lives, always.

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Facts about

Katharine Cornell loved the book and campaigned to play the role, but David O. Selznick turned her down in favor of Claudette Colbert.
Shirley Temple had been in retirement for two years when David O. Selznick persuaded her to join the film.
Tay Garnett directed part of the film uncredited; Edward F. Cline, a specialist in comedies, was brought in to direct the comedy sequences; producer David O. Selznick filled in as director for four days when director John Cromwell was not available.
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