The Very Thought of You (1944)

99 or 101 mins | Romance | 11 November 1944

Director:

Delmer Daves

Producer:

Jerry Wald

Cinematographer:

Bert Glennon

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

New items in HR add the following information about the production: Eleanor Parker replaced Ida Lupino after the latter became ill. Some scenes were shot on location at Mt. Wilson outside Los Angeles. In a 6 Sep 1944 memo to location manager William Guthrie, Colonel Curtis Mitchell, A.U.S. Chief, Pictorial Branch of the War Department, objected to a scene in the picture in which a wife learns that her husband is wounded by reading a casualty list in the newpaper. The studio recalled all negatives of the film and changed the scene so that the wife receives a telegram from the War Department advising her that her husband had been wounded, as was army ... More Less

New items in HR add the following information about the production: Eleanor Parker replaced Ida Lupino after the latter became ill. Some scenes were shot on location at Mt. Wilson outside Los Angeles. In a 6 Sep 1944 memo to location manager William Guthrie, Colonel Curtis Mitchell, A.U.S. Chief, Pictorial Branch of the War Department, objected to a scene in the picture in which a wife learns that her husband is wounded by reading a casualty list in the newpaper. The studio recalled all negatives of the film and changed the scene so that the wife receives a telegram from the War Department advising her that her husband had been wounded, as was army policy. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Oct 1944.
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Daily Variety
16 Oct 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Oct 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 44
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Mar 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 44
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 44
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Nov 44
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Apr 44
p. 1850.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Oct 44
p. 2149.
New York Times
18 Nov 44
p. 16.
Variety
18 Oct 44
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Jim O'Gatty
Carol Joyce Coombs
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Loc mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Very Thought of You," music and lyrics by Ray Noble.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 November 1944
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Milwaukee: 31 October 1944
Production Date:
6 March--late April 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 November 1944
Copyright Number:
LP12946
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99 or 101
Length(in feet):
8,825
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9991
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After eighteen months in the Aleutian Islands, a group of soldiers, including Dave Stewart and his friend, "Fixit" Gilman, are sent home for a brief rest. On a three-day pass, Dave and Fixit visit Dave's alma mater, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Fixit is only interested in meeting women and, on the bus there, picks up Cora Colton, a worker in a parachute factory. Dave meets Janet Wheeler, another factory worker, who recognizes him from the days when she worked in the Cal Tech campus canteen. Because Dave knows no one in town, Janet invites him to dinner. During the evening, Janet's brother Cal becomes defensive about his 4-F classification, while her sister Molly, who is married to a sailor, admits that she has been dating other men while he is overseas. Janet's mother disapproves of her dating soldiers and is very rude to Dave. Only Janet's younger sister Ellie and her father are pleasant to Dave, so he leaves early. The next day, Ellie spots Dave eating breakfast in the drugstore and rushes home to fetch Janet. Dave has rented a car and asks Janet to accompany him to Mt. Wilson. They return late, having missed Thanksgiving dinner, and spend the rest of the evening in Cora's apartment. Fixit takes Cora dancing, leaving Dave and Janet alone together, and the exhausted Dave falls asleep. It is three o'clock in the morning by the time Janet returns home. Without waiting for an explanation, Janet's mother slaps her and storms off to bed. Alone with her sympathetic father, Janet reveals that Dave wants to marry her. Mr. ... +


After eighteen months in the Aleutian Islands, a group of soldiers, including Dave Stewart and his friend, "Fixit" Gilman, are sent home for a brief rest. On a three-day pass, Dave and Fixit visit Dave's alma mater, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Fixit is only interested in meeting women and, on the bus there, picks up Cora Colton, a worker in a parachute factory. Dave meets Janet Wheeler, another factory worker, who recognizes him from the days when she worked in the Cal Tech campus canteen. Because Dave knows no one in town, Janet invites him to dinner. During the evening, Janet's brother Cal becomes defensive about his 4-F classification, while her sister Molly, who is married to a sailor, admits that she has been dating other men while he is overseas. Janet's mother disapproves of her dating soldiers and is very rude to Dave. Only Janet's younger sister Ellie and her father are pleasant to Dave, so he leaves early. The next day, Ellie spots Dave eating breakfast in the drugstore and rushes home to fetch Janet. Dave has rented a car and asks Janet to accompany him to Mt. Wilson. They return late, having missed Thanksgiving dinner, and spend the rest of the evening in Cora's apartment. Fixit takes Cora dancing, leaving Dave and Janet alone together, and the exhausted Dave falls asleep. It is three o'clock in the morning by the time Janet returns home. Without waiting for an explanation, Janet's mother slaps her and storms off to bed. Alone with her sympathetic father, Janet reveals that Dave wants to marry her. Mr. Wheeler encourages Janet to accept his proposal if she loves him, even though they will be separated by the war. The next day, Janet telephones Dave from work and is informed that he has checked out of his hotel. After work, however, Dave and Fixit are waiting outside the factory for Janet with an engagement ring. Dave and Janet are quickly married and have a brief honeymoon before Dave must report to San Diego the following morning. Although Janet's family accepts the marriage, Molly advises her that she will forget Dave after he is gone. She then intercepts Dave's letters and telegrams. Later, Dave receives a twenty-four leave and telephones Janet at the factory to join him in San Diego. Having guessed what happened to Dave's letters, Janet tells her family that she will not come back home to live. After Dave leaves again for the war, a pregnant Janet moves in with Cora. Later, Molly's husband Fred returns. Molly confesses her involvement with another man and begs Fred to take her back. When Janet has her baby, a boy, a reunited Molly and Fred visit. Then Cora learns that Dave and Fixit have been wounded. After the men recover, they are sent home. In the meantime, Ellie has become engaged to a soldier; Cal has been reclassified 1-A; and Mrs. Wheeler has grown proud of her son-in-law. Dave sees his son for the first time, and Fixit is happily reunited with Cora. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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