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

Colonel William G. Smollett: Good morning. Mrs. Hilton, I presume?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Yes.
Colonel William G. Smollett: May I be permitted to observe that this is the first house I've found in this godforsaken community that doesn't smell of cabbage.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Well, it does sometimes.
Colonel William G. Smollett: I was given to understand at the office of the Purchasing Division, to which I have the misfortune to be attached, that you had a room for rent.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Yes, but I specified an officer. You see, my husband -
Colonel William G. Smollett: My name is Smollett, William G., Colonel, United States Army, retired. Retired, I might add, by virtue of certain fatuous opinions held in the War Department which judge a man's usefulness neither by his experience nor his ability, but by the number of years since he was weaned.
Bridget 'Brig' Hilton: [dog growls and barks] Soda. Soda!
Colonel William G. Smollett: There was nothing in the information I was furnished, madam, which indicated that you had children and domestic pets.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Well, I'm sorry, but they go with the house.
Colonel William G. Smollett: We won't discuss it. With your permission, madam, may we dispense with further conversation? I should like to inspect the room.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Certainly. Just follow me. I do hope you'll forgive me if I've been long-winded.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Not at all, madam. Through a full, and somewhat protracted existence, I have learned to accept the natural tendency of all women to be garrulous.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: You're very tolerant, Colonel.

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.

Mrs. Anne Hilton: [as she passes by Colonel Smollett, who is fussing with a bunch of shoes] Having difficulties, Colonel?
Colonel William G. Smollett: Oh, hello, Mrs. Hilton. Do you by any chance know where I might get some shoe polish that isn't made of old sausages?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: [Chuckles] I wish I could get some sausage that isn't made of old shoe polish!

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Facts about

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.
Shirley Temple had been in retirement for two years when David O. Selznick persuaded her to join the film.
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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