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I'll Be Seeing You

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Oscar(r) winner* Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten top a stellar cast in this tender wartimelove story about two troubled strangers who meet by chance and try to crowd a lifetime of love and laughter into eight days. "Studded with brilliant performances" (Variety), I'll Be Seeing You "manages to ambush your emotions and hasten your heart beats" (Hollywood Citizen-News). After serving half of a prison sentence for accidental manslaughter, Mary Marshall (Rogers) is allowed a holiday furlough to visit her family. Keeping her history a secret, she falls in love with a kindhearted GI (Cotten) who's struggling to overcome shell shock. Both long for a normal life. But can they have it if he learns the truth about her? *1940: Actress, Kitty Foyle

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  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Tom Tully
  • Directors: George Cukor, William Dieterle
  • Writers: Charles Martin, Marion Parsonnet
  • Producers: David O. Selznick, Dore Schary
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I'll Be Seeing You" on IMDb

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160 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Like the scent of perfume a girl from our youth wore, so this film is etched in the hearts of all who have seen it, only to be recalled with fondness when something small, like that special feminine fragrance, touches our senses and brings back memories. Until now, this is all we had. Fortunately, and at last, we can visit this wonderful film with Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton anytime we want, as after decades of waiting, it is now available to us.

Based on a radio play by Charles Martin, this sweet and sentimental story very much has that involving feel many of the classy productions brought to the airwaves by Lux Radio Theatre had. It benefits greatly from the direction of William Dieterle, who allows the simple story to unfold in a natural way, with a minimalist approach. Both Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton underplay their roles, giving a premise which might have been a bit saccharine in other hands, a very real and moving feel.

One of the great songs made popular during WWII is used to good effect, as it sets the mood for a film about love during wartime. Both Mary (Ginger) and Zachery (Cotton) are shell-shocked as this film opens; he literally so, from war wounds and the psycological aftereffects, and she from a tragedy which left her in prison. He is on a furlough from the hospital to help regain his confidence and aid his recovery, and she is given a short leave back home during the holidays for good behavior, after which both must return.

They meet on the train and when Mary gets off in Pine Hill, Zachery, who really has no place else to go, makes up a story so he can get off there and see her again. She can tell he is slightly lost in the real world, and so is she.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By tom johnson on January 21, 2005
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I have been looking for this film on VHS (now DVD) since the dawn of time! I saw it many years ago on television, and a friend had made a poor quality VHS off the television, so I could get a "fix" every so often. Actually, I remember watching this on television as a kid. The title song was my parents' song - it probably was for most WWII couples. I'm surprised neither Ginger Rogers or Shirley Temple were nominated for Oscars - Shirley Temple's especially, as the teenaged cousin, Barbara, was a breakoout role and she really played against type. There is some typical era sentimentality, naturally, but not much. There is also one really funny FUNNY scene where Ginger and her aunt, played by Spring Byington, go to buy her a gown for New Year's Eve. But of course, the core of this film, is the relationship between Mary, out on Christmas leave from prison, and Joseph Cotton, trying to hide his tenuous grasp on reality, caused by combat shock. In flashback, told by Mary to her Barbara who cannot hide her scorn for the jailbird, she tells why she is in prison - basically for fighting off an attempted rape by her boss. I cannot emphasize how moving this film is - without being mushy or corny or sloppy. It's one of those movues that make people ask, "Why can't they make movies like that any more?"

BUT - do keep that hankie ready!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 19, 2005
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"I'll Be Seeing You", is a wonderful companion piece to that other moving wartime story produced by David O. Selznick in 1944, "Since You Went Away", and it provided Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton with one of their best vehicles during the mid 1940's. Dismissed nowadays as a sugar coated romance that piles on the sentiment I dont see that as a failing at all and instead it provides a touching human story about two injured individuals finding love at an unexpected time in their lives when things are not going well. Selznick of course will be forever remembered and revered for producing grandiose stories such as "Gone With The Wind", however his abilities with smaller scale human dramas about seemingly ordinary people in ordinary situations have I feel never been given enough recognition. "I'll Be Seeing You", which was based on Charles Martin's radio play "Double Furlough", truly proves my point that his way of approaching smaller scale story telling was just as memorable. Here Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton play two very average and identifiable people, one a victim of the world war currently engulfing the world, and the second an unfortunate victim of one action that had serious consequences, situations any individual could find themselves in. What a joy it was to discover that this beautiful little film has finally been made available via DVD after being so hard to track down for so long.

Set during World War Two "I'll Be Seeing You", has Ginger Rogers as Mary Marshall a lonely woman who is half way through a prison sentence for a charge of accidental manslaughter who because of her good behaviour is given an eight day leave pass over the Christmas period. Travelling to visit her relations on the train she meets Zachary Morgan (Joseph Cotton), and the two strike up a friendship.
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Katz on October 28, 2004
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at first i didn't know what to expect from this movie, seeing as it deals with the later part of ginger's peak career, (mid-late forties) I needn't have worried however, for Ginger and Mr. Joseph Cotten give truly wonderful performances. These were two of the best actors of their day, and it shows in their suble, yet powerful performnaces. They have a very intense chemistry together, and it's a shame they didn't work together again. They were friends off camera though, as Ginger was really friends with everyone in Hollywood back then. The color and sound qulaity here are terrific with good solid blacks, and crisp greys and whites. A teenage Shirley Temple appears as Ginger's cousin, and it's fun to see the two musical queens of the thirties together. Now all we need is some music! Although she appears sans her sprightly curls, Temple gives a spirited and realistic performance that really shows off her acting ability. Two scenes that really impressed me, the first, after saing goodnight to Ginger on New Years, he goes back to his room, where he has another phsychological attack. It's incredibly done, and really attention grabbing. When he looks up at the lightbulb, and hallucinates that it's a bomb falling, it's reaaly quite frightening. The other scene that I though was particarly well done was the very last scene. As ginger wals back to prison, Joseph is waiting for her in the shadow. In one swift motion, she spies him, drops her bag and runs into his arms. Other actresses may have looked, put down the bag, and then ran to him, but not Ginger, in one action, she can accomplish so much. The ending lines are dramatic, but not treachly, or overly so as the other reviewer may have suggested.Read more ›
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