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

Jane Deborah Hilton: You were talking about how your grandfather always wanted you to be a soldier. Would you like a sandwich or something?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: He wanted me to be a general.
Jane Deborah Hilton: But didn't you want to be a general?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Well, no I didn't.
Jane Deborah Hilton: But why not, Bill?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I had an idea it was more important to build things. But, I don't mean it isn't terribly important being a soldier. I don't know how we'd keep the things we build without them.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Of course. But you said you went to West Point. I should think you'd be a lot more than a -
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: More than a corporal, you mean.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Let's have a picnic sometime. I'll bring a - Bill, I didn't mean that. It's wonderful being a corporal.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: No, you meant that if I went to the Academy, I ought to be more than a corporal. Well, you might as well know it. I - I was kicked out and I broke Grandpa's heart.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I'm sure it wasn't your fault.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Yes, it was.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Bill, come and sit down.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: Look. Grandpa's father carried this watch at Vicksburg. Grandpa gave it to me on my tenth birthday. He had it engraved for me. Read it. I'll light a match.
Jane Deborah Hilton: "To William G. Smollett, the Second, who will lead men to glory on the battlefield." You must have been terribly pleased.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I said, "Grandpa, don't people hurt each other in war?" You see, I was only ten. He took the watch away from me. But he gave it back to me again when I entered the Academy. Aw, Jane, I did my best, but I could never make a good officer. I can't lead men, and I know it, so even if I led my class the way Grandpa thought I should -

Jane Deborah Hilton: Mother?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Yes, Jane?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Mother, do you think I have a nice figure?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Yes, darling. You have a beautiful figure.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Do you think Tony might paint me someday?
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Over my dead body.

Colonel William G. Smollett: And I might have had that wonderful child as a granddaughter. Bill was fortunate to have known her.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Bill deserved her. He was such a good boy.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Yes, I dare say. The good die first. And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust burn to the socket.

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Facts about

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.
Claudette Colbert originally turned down the chance to play the lead as she didn't like the idea of playing mother to two teenage daughters. Enlisting the help of gossip columnist, Hedda Hopper, David O. Selznick was able to finally convince her to take on the part.
Debuting actor Guy Madison, who plays a sailor in the film, was really in the navy at the time of filming.
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