Since You Went Away

Since You Went Away

Claudette Colbert
Director: John Cromwell Cast: Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert
, Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
, Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
John Cromwell

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Overview

David O. Selznick's first production since 1940's Rebecca, Since You Went Away, based on Margaret Buell Wilder's bestselling novel, is a long but rewarding paean to the World War 2 "home front." Claudette Colbert plays the wife of a businessman who, though well past draft age, volunteered to serve his country as an officer (though the husband is never seen, he is "played"-via a photograph-by Neil Hamilton). Fighting back her own fears and anxieties, Colbert does her best to maintain a normal, stable household for the sake of her growing daughters Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple. She is offered moral support by cynical-but-kindly boarder Monty Woolley, by maid Hattie McDaniel (who willing foregoes her salary "for the duration") and by Navy man and friend-of-the-family Joseph Cotten, whose relationship with Claudette remains staunchly platonic. The harsh realities of war hit home several times throughout the film, first when it seems as though Colbert's husband is missing in action, and later when Jennifer's young boyfriend, GI Robert Walker, is killed in combat. From the vantage point of the 1990s, it is easy to see why Since You Went Away scored with its wartime audiences. Though the leading characters are slightly more financially secure than most of the moviegoers of 1944, the various vignettes presented throughout-complaints about rationing and priorities, shoulder-to-shoulder sacrifices, the weekly escape to the local movie house, tender partings, joyous reunions, the returning wounded, the dreaded wire from the war department-all had the ring of truth and topicality. Even today, the film's emotional highlights, particularly the much-imitated farewell scene at the railroad station, are sufficient to bring tears to the eyes of the most jaded viewer. Enhancing the film's heartstring tugging tenfold is Max Steiner's Oscar-winning musical score. If you can remain objective while watching Since You Went Away (it isn't easy), see if you can spot Ruth Roman, Guy Madison and John Derek, making their screen debuts in microscopic roles

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2017
UPC: 0738329225445
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:57:00
Sales rank: 6,788

Special Features

Roadshow edition; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Anne Hilton
Jennifer Jones Jane Hilton
Joseph Cotten Lt. Tony Willett
Shirley Temple Bridget "Brig" Hilton
Monty Woolley Col. Smollett
Agnes Moorehead Emily Hawkins
Robert Walker Cpl. William G. Smollett II
Lionel Barrymore The Clergyman
Hattie McDaniel Fidelia
Jane Devlin Gladys Brown
Gordon Oliver Marine officer
Lloyd Corrigan Mr. Mahoney
Robert Anderson Actor
Irving Bacon Bartender
Aileen Pringle Actor
Charles Williams Actor
Wallis Clark Actor
Leo Mostovoy Actor
James Carlisle Actor
George Chandler Cabbie
Ann Gillis Becky Anderson
Grady Sutton Actor
Ruth Valmy Actor
Jackie Moran Johnny Mahoney
Buddy Gorman Actor
Andrew V. McLaglen Former Plowboy
Addison Richards Maj. Sam Atkins
George Lloyd Actor
Barbara Pepper Pin girl
Guy Madison Harold Smith
Jill Warren Waitress
Byron Foulger Principal
Harry Hayden Conductor
Edwin Maxwell Businessman
Russell Hoyt Actor
Florence Bates Dowager
Conrad Binyon Actor
Theodore Von Eltz Desk clerk
Adeline Reynolds Elderly woman
Robert Cherry Actor
Kirk Barron Actor
Jack Gardner Actor
Doodles Weaver Convalescent
Dorothy Adams Actor
James Westerfield Actor
Warren Hymer Patient at Finger Ladder
Ralph Reed Actor
Peggy Maley Actor
Rob Johnson Black Officer
Shelby Bacon Actor
Eddie Hall Salior On Phone In Train Station
Eilene Janssen Little girl
Harlan Miller Actor
Neyle Marx Actor
Johnny Bond AWOL
Ruth Roman Bit Part
Steve Wayne Actor
Marilyn Hare Actor
Jonathan Hale Conductor
Walter S. Baldwin Actor
Eric Sinclair Actor
Craig Stevens Danny Williams
Albert Basserman Dr. Sigmund Gottlieb Golden
Jimmy Clemons Boy Caroler
Keenan Wynn Lt. Solomon
Rhonda Fleming Bit Part
Lela Bliss Actor
Tom Dawson Actor
Jimmie Dodd Actor
Dorothy Dandridge Black Officer's Wife
William B. Davidson Taxpayer
Alla Nazimova Woman Welder
Janelle Johnson Dolenz Uncredited
Terry Moore Refugee child
John Derek Actor
Neil Hamilton Tim Hilton - photograph
Dorothy Garner Sugar

Technical Credits
John Cromwell Director
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Jack Cosgrove Cinematographer,Special Effects
Don de Faure Editor
Elmer Ellsworth Costumes/Costume Designer
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Arthur Fellows Editor
Louis Forbes Score Composer
Navy Capt. Charles L. Freeman Sound/Sound Designer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Wayland M. Hendrys Editor
Hal Kern Editor
Mark-Lee Kirk Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
James Newcom Editor
William L. Pereira Production Designer
David O. Selznick Producer,Screenwriter
Clarence Silver Cinematographer
Clarence Slifer Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer
Robert Stephanoff Makeup
Charles Walters Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Since You Went Away
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10

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