I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

“That’s what’s wrong with young people… they’re so young.” – Mr. Marshall

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A soldier on leave meets a beautiful woman on a train who has a dark secret.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and the premise sounded intriguing enough, so I took a chance.

I have always been a fan of Joseph Cotten and was curious to see how he would fair in this kind of love story.

The idea itself is actually quite interesting but they present things in a very lackluster fashion that hurts the impact of such an idea.

They do a fine job slowly divulging the secrets of the characters to the audience s that we can understand why they are hesitant to divulge the truth to a potential romantic partner too soon out of fear of rejection based solely on information instead of real facts.

The story itself moves at a nice pace and the choice to keep it short and not draw things out works to this film’s advantage.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that comes across as being too lackluster for its own good. Cotten and Rogers both give fine performances forgiven the restraints of the story. The way that the secrets of these two people are slowly revealed to us works quite well and its easy to understand their apprehension in divulging the details to the other out of fear of rejection during a budding love affair. The story is paced quite well and the choice to not draw things out too much works to its advantage.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – David O. Selznick originally wanted to title this movie “I’ll See You Again” and use the 1929 Noël Coward song of the same title as its theme music. However, Selznick thought Coward wanted too much money for the use of the song and its title. Instead, Selznick acquired the rights to the 1938 song “I’ll Be Seeing You,” with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal. The emotionally powerful song was especially beloved during WWII when it became a sentimental anthem for British and American soldiers serving overseas. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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