Since You Went Away 1944

Since You Went Away

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When her husband leaves to fight in World War II, housewife Anne Hilton (Claudette Colbert) must struggle on alone to raise their two daughters, Jane (Jennifer Jones) and Bridget (Shirley Temple). With a tight budget, Anne is forced to take in two lodgers, elderly ex-soldier Col. William G. Smollett (Monty Woolley) and handsome Lt. Tony Willet (Joseph Cotten). However, loyal maid Fidelia (Hattie McDaniel) stays on unpaid and the makeshift household pulls together through home front hardships.

Cast & Crew

Claudette Colbert
Mrs. Anne Hilton
Jennifer Jones
Jane Deborah Hilton
Joseph Cotten
JLt. Tony Willett
Monty Woolley
Col. William G. Smollett
Shirley Temple
Bridget"'Brig" Hilton
Robert Walker
Cpl. William G. "Bill" Smollett II
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Critic Reviews for Since You Went Away

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (2)

  • Selznick placed a big bet on Shirley Temple's comeback and she pays off enchantingly as a dogged, sensitive, practical little girl with a talent for bargaining.

    February 27, 2018 | Full Review…
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    November 12, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • This is a great movie... It also serves to introduce Shirley Temple as a teenager; and she who was the public's girl for years, is now a pleasant promise for the future. [Full review in Spanish]

    September 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Some could potentially find it too sentimental, but the tone is comparable to what you'd find in one of Frank Capra's movie of the era ... Since You Went Away is a sweet film, and it's a true surprise that it's not better-remembered today.

    December 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Colbert is too good, and the script (though bloated) too full of lovely details about small town American life in the '40s to reject it outright.

    June 17, 2014 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • In a vital period of film history, war films ran the gamut of topics, none more fascinating or heart-wrenching as those of the lives of the people left behind at home.

    December 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Since You Went Away

  • Mar 20, 2014
    Likely very memorable during the war days. Here we have the tale of pining away for people who have gone overseas without modern communication to let you know immediately about potential fateful events. Nice music as well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    Selnick's slick paean to an idealized life at the homefront while Dad's away fighting the war shows an upper middle class family "roughing it" through. American propaganda, sure, but well done nonetheless, with the cast delivering on all counts. The music score, indeed the film itself, includes healthy doses of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" which was popular during filming. A dog steals the film though with comic bits leavening the drama throughout.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2009
    Nice 40's drama reflecting the "war at home" during the height of WWII. Superb performances from Claudette Colbert and Lionel Barrymore. The knock on this one is it's length (three hours!) and it's occasionally forced sentimentality.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2008
    A gorgeous looking film with a all-star cast.Its about the everyday lives of a mother and her two daughters on the home front during WWII while all the men are away. It's sappy at times, but it has the Selznick touch and is quite enjoyable. Joesph Cotton has a supporting role in this film, as a old family friend, and every scene he is in is pure gold. It also has the famous scene that is parodied in Airplane! of the young girl chasing the train(plane) saying goodbye to her army boyfriend running into towers and receiving a watch that doesn't work. Not as good as Best years Of Our Lives or Mrs. Miniver, but worth a look if you enjoy WWII chick flixs.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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