i'll be seeing you
the year: 1944
the genre: drama
the cast: Ginger Rogers (Mary Marshall); Joseph Cotton (Zachary Morgan); Shirley Temple (Barbara Marshall); Spring Byington (Clara Marshall); Tom Tully (Henry Marshall)
the plot: 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.
count: the dimples on Joseph Cotton's face. (sigh.)
listen for: “What does the soldier think? I tell you, last time some of us voted for Roosevelt, and some of us didn't. Some of us weren't old enough to vote. Some soldiers think labor's got a right to strike, and some soldiers think labor's got no rights at all. A lot of soldiers got one idea about what should happen after war, a lot of soldiers have other ideas. Me? I haven't the slightest notion what a lot of soldiers think, Senator. Thanks for the cigar.”
don’t miss: the fabulous forties fashions.
check out: Uncle Henry's smooth dance moves.