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I'll Be Seeing You (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 5 January 1945 (USA)
A soldier suffering from combat fatigue meets a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison and their mutual loneliness blossoms into romance.


William Dieterle, George Cukor (uncredited)


Marion Parsonnet (screen play), Charles Martin (based on a radio play by)




Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Mary Marshall
Joseph Cotten ... Zachary Morgan
Shirley Temple ... Barbara Marshall
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Marshall
Tom Tully ... Mr. Marshall
John Derek ... Lt. Bruce (as Dare Harris)
Chill Wills ... Swanson
Kenny Bowers ... Sailor on Train


Mary Marshall, serving a six year term for accidental manslaughter, is given a Christmas furlough from prison to visit her closest relatives, her uncle and his family in a small Midwestern town. On the train she meets Zach Morgan, a troubled army sergeant on leave for the holidays from a military hospital. Although his physical wounds have healed, he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and is subject to panic attacks. The pair are attracted to one another and in the warm atmosphere of the Christmas season friendship blossoms into romance, but Mary is reluctant to tell him of her past and that she must shortly return to prison to serve the remainder of her sentence. Written by duke1029

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Both living a secret...each afraid to tell!


Drama | Family | Romance


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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, erroneously gives the release date as 5 January 1944 instead of 5 January 1945. See more »


While Zach and Mary are gathered at the Christmas dinner with the family, Mary hands a plate of the dessert to Zach, but in the next scene the dessert isn't in front of Zach. See more »


Barbara Marshall: You going back to active duty, Zach?
Zachary Morgan: Not for a while yet.
Barbara Marshall: Gee, you look a lot better than you did a week ago.
Zachary Morgan: Feel a lot better.
Barbara Marshall: Do you think it was the Marshall food that did it?
Zachary Morgan: Must've helped. I think it was mostly your cousin Mary.
Barbara Marshall: She's awfully nice.
Zachary Morgan: I've noticed that, too. You know what? I think I'll marry her.
Barbara Marshall: Are you kidding?
Zachary Morgan: Not as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I don't know about her, yet.
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Dancin' Angels (1980) See more »


I'll Be Seeing You
by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
Performed by the off-screen voice of Louanne Hogan (uncredited)
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Interesting sentimental wartime romance...
5 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A bit offbeat is this story of a girl on prison furlough (Ginger Rogers) who meets a shell-shocked soldier (Joseph Cotten), each keeping their past secret. She invites him to spend some holiday time with her family during the Christmas season and gradually the romance begins. Nice to see Shirley Temple in a pivotal role doing a nice job as the selfish Barbara who unintentionally reveals Ginger's secret. Spring Byington and Tom Tully are fine in supporting roles and John Derek (then called John Harris) makes a brief appearance as Shirley's date. A bit dated and rather slow moving, but worthwhile because of the fine performances of the leads.

Interesting tidbits: Ginger Rogers was not the first choice for the leading role--it was originally offered to Joan Fontaine who disliked the script and was having contract troubles with Selznick and turned it down. Ginger was said to be against using Temple in the movie and wanted her removed since she had a clause in her contract re cast approval. Nevertheless, wiser heads prevailed and Shirley received excellent reviews for her contribution. Shirley documents this in her book, "Child Star"--for some reason Ginger took an instant dislike to her.

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Release Date:

5 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Furlough See more »


Box Office


$3,250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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