Since You Went Away Overview:

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

Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: You see, my father was a soldier. He was a colonel when he died. I guess all the Smolletts all the way back were soldiers. One of them was with Washington at Yorktown. Although sometimes I think Grandpa just made that one up.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I'm sure he didn't. You ought to be awfully proud.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Oh, I'm proud, all right. But something went wrong with me. Mother died when I was born, so I never knew her. Well, of course I never knew her.
Jane Deborah Hilton: That's a shame.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: She could paint pretty well, china and things. I hope I can show you her work sometime. That is, if Grandpa ...
Jane Deborah Hilton: If Grandpa what?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Well, if I go home. You see, I haven't lived home since West Point.
Jane Deborah Hilton: West Point?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Oh, Jane, you don't want to hear all about this, do you?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Not if you don't want me to, Bill.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Oh, but I do of course. There's no one in the whole world that I'd rather explain - that I'd rather tell.

Colonel William G. Smollett: [studying a map] Wettookit. Wettookit. You must have the name wrong.
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: No. Here it is in Pop's letter. "Now, we're here in Texas on maneuvers... in a little town called Wettookit. We came, we saw, we took it!"
Colonel William G. Smollett: "We took it." Very funny. I would appreciate it, my dear Bridget, if in the future you could spare me from your father's elaborate puns.

Major Sam Atkins: Hello, Tony. I didn't know you were in town.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Hello, Sam. It's quite a dance you fellows are putting on here. What's the matter? You look upset.
Major Sam Atkins: Just got some bad news. Good evening, Mrs. Hilton.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Good evening, Major.
Major Sam Atkins: Plane crash. Don't say anything about it now, it might spoil the fun.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: That's too bad. Where'd it happen?
Major Sam Atkins: Right outside town. Lost one of my best boys.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: What was his name?
Major Sam Atkins: Mahoney. He hit some wires.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh, not Johnny!
Major Sam Atkins: Did you know him? Well, I hope he wasn't, uh...
Mrs. Anne Hilton: But it can't be! We were talking to him here just a little while ago.
Major Sam Atkins: I'm extremely sorry, Mrs. Hilton. I had no idea that you knew him. I shouldn't have said anything.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: It was just that I liked Johnny very much. I know his father.
Major Sam Atkins: A terrible thing.
Soldier at Dance: Beg pardon, sir. The car's ready for you now, sir.
Major Sam Atkins: Be right there.
Soldier at Dance: Yes, sir.
Major Sam Atkins: I've got to go and examine the wreck. Not a very pleasant job, I can tell you. Good night.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Good night.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh Tony, how awful. His poor parents.
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Lucky Johnny. Come on, Anne. Let's dance.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Dance?
Lieutenant Tony Willett: Look Anne, you'll be hearing plenty of things like this. Might as well get used to them now.

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Facts about

This came about because David O. Selznick wanted to make a film that showed his support for the war effort. He deliberately did not want to make a traditional war movie.
Debuting actor Guy Madison, who plays a sailor in the film, was really in the navy at the time of filming.
The original novel by Margaret Buell Wilder is in epistolary form - i.e., it consists of a series of letters that she wrote to her husband while he was away at war.
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