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)

AwardRecipientResult
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: [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.


Mrs. Anne Hilton: [Brig is sleeping on the elderly woman on train] I'm afraid she's awfully heavy for you.
Elderly Woman on Train: Oh, no. She's so like my granddaughter. I love holding her.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Is she about the same age?
Elderly Woman on Train: No. Mary is almost 30 now. She's a nurse. Here, let me show you her picture.
[opens a locket around her neck]
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh, she's pretty! Where is she now?
Elderly Woman on Train: I really don't know. You see, she was at Corregidor.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh, I'm so sorry.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Mother, won't you let me do something now? Can't I -
Mrs. Anne Hilton: Oh, Jane, please, darling, not again. I'm so hot and so tired.
Jane Deborah Hilton: But just for the summer, Mother. I could be a nurse's aide, maybe.
Mrs. Anne Hilton: All right, Jane.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Oh, gee, Mother, that's swell!
Mrs. Anne Hilton: But remember now, just for the summer.


Sailor Harold E. Smith: You know, I've never been to the beach in my whole life.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I've never seen the ocean.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: You haven't?
Sailor Harold E. Smith: I never saw it till a couple of months ago.
Jane Deborah Hilton: But you're a sailor.
Sailor Harold E. Smith: I was brought up on a farm.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Oh, I see.
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I've never been on a farm.
Jane Deborah Hilton: You haven't?
Corporal William G. 'Bill' Smollett II: I was brought up on an Army post.
Jane Deborah Hilton: Oh, I see.


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Facts about

Original cinematographer George Barnes left the production to be replaced by Lee Garmes and Stanley Cortez.
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.
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