Sunday, December 12, 2010

I'll Be Seeing You (1945)

I'll Be Seeing You (1945). Cast: Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotton, Tom Tully, Shirley Temple and Spring Byington.

Background: After the death of her parents, Mary supports herself by working as a secretary. One night, her boss invites her to dinner at his apartment, Mary accepts, believing that he is inviting her to a party--only to discover that she is the only guest.She is attacked by her drunken boss. While fighting off his advances, Mary accidentally pushes him to his death through an open window. After being convicted of manslaughter, she is sentenced to six years in prison.

The story begins when Mary Marshall, who is half way through her prison sentence, is given an eight-day leave pass for the Christmas holidays. Travelling by train, she meets Zachary Morgan. The two quickly become friends. Zachary has just been released from the hospital as he has been suffering from shell shock and has become a prisoner of his own mind. In hope to speed up his recovery, he prepares himself to getting back to his life. Attracted to Mary, he follows her to her stop and pretends that he is visiting his sister in the same town of Pine Hill. Mary invites Zachary to visit her at the home of her aunt and uncle. Romance soon develops for the two as they spend Christmas Day together and attend a dance on New Year's Eve. Both however have the problem of having to tell the other of their past. On their last day together, Mary's cousin Barbara unintentionally tells Zachary about Mary's situation and, in his is anger, he boards the train without saying goodbye to her. After telling her family goodbye, Mary travels back to prison to continue with her sentence. Will Zachary have enough confidence to overcome his disappointment?

I've always enjoyed the wonderful performance of both Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton. I hope you have the opportunity to view this wonderful romantic journey back to a different time.

Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an actress, dancer, and singer who performed in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century. During her career, she made a total of 73 films, and is best known for her role as Fred Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner, in a series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre. She also achieved great success in a variety of film roles, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).

Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994), was an actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotten was also credited with the screenplay, and The Third Man (1949). He was a star in his own right with films such as Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Love Letters (1945) and Portrait of Jennie (1948).


  1. I haven't seen this movie for a long time, Dawn, and would like to again. I have always loved Joseph Cotton -- he never gave a bad performance, in even some bad movies he made. Hitchcock was a genius to put him as sinister Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt. His reputation was so decent and sweet, it was quite disturbing to see him as this awful man. Good post, Dawn.

  2. I don't think I have seen this movie yet it sounds very sweet. What a wonderful review, Dawn! And that has got to be one of the cutest pictures of Ginger Rogers I have ever seen!

  3. I haven't seen this one for a long time either. Seems like there was a time that it aired regularly. Thanks, Dawn, for the spotlight...

  4. Dawn, I don't think I've seen this movie, though I don't know how I've missed it (I like all the stars). It sounds entertaining...hope someone shows it around this holiday season. Interesting review!

  5. Terrific review, Dawn, of a film that I haven't seen. It sounds intriguing and, fortunately, is on DVD, so I can check it out sometime. Your actor profiles of Rogers and Cotten was my favorite part of your post!

  6. Becky, Thank you. It has been along time since TCM has featured it. It really is a different roll for Ginger Rogers. I'm also a huge fan of Joseph Cotton, loved his performance in the film, Shadow of a Doubt.

    Toto, Thank you. I think you can find this film on DVD.

    Ladyeve, Thank you. I also remember when TCM played the film more often. I look for it every year listed on their schedule.

    Rick, Thank you. I also hope TCM plays it soon.

  7. Sark, Thank you. I enjoy learning more about the actors. I hope you get a chance see this wonderful little film.

  8. All these movies reminds me about my paw paw and I miss him very much. But, These movies have real class,Great work to everyone in them and whom created these speacial pieces of arts.From, A classic movie watcher,Belinda L. Weaver. Date December 26,2010.

  9. Thank you Belinda, for stopping by the Cafe. We like meeting new Classic movie watchers.