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The Very Thought of You (1944)

Army sergeants Dave and "Fixit" spend a three-day pass in Pasadena, where they meet Janet and Cora, two young women who work in a parachute factory.


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Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Sgt. David Stewart
Eleanor Parker ... Janet Wheeler
Dane Clark ... Sgt. 'Fixit' Gilman
Faye Emerson ... Cora 'Cuddles' Colton
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Harriet Wheeler
Henry Travers ... Pop Wheeler
William Prince ... Fred
Andrea King ... Molly Wheeler
John Alvin ... Cal Wheeler
Marianne O'Brien Marianne O'Brien ... Bernice
Georgia Lee Settle ... Ellie Wheeler
Richard Erdman ... Soda Jerk (as Dick Erdman)
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Minister Raymond Houck


Army sergeants Dave and "Fixit" spend a three-day pass in Pasadena, where they meet Janet and Cora, two young women who work in a parachute factory.

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A Screenful of Hugs and Kisses!


Romance | Drama


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Release Date:

20 October 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con sólo pensar en ti See more »


Box Office


$408,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two sergeants wear the shoulder patch of the US Army's 7th Infantry Division which, as shown in the movie, did see action on the Aleutian Island of Attu but not as mentioned in the telegram then in North Africa. The division also saw action on Kiska Island in Alaska, before moving on to Hawaii for rest and refit before returning to the war at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, the Philippines and finally on Okinawa. See more »


During an outdoor scene involving the rental car, there is a brief instance of the reflection of an crew member being seen, perfectly centered, in the car's right passenger "vent" window. See more »


Janet Wheeler: Been out on a date?
Molly Wheeler: Yes. I want to talk to to you, Jan.
Janet Wheeler: I don't feel much like talking, Molly
Molly Wheeler: Alright then listen. I think I know what the score is. You went ahead and got hooked, in spite of my advice. OK, so it's spilt milk. You made yourself a lonely bed and you're willing to lie on it.
Janet Wheeler: That's right.
Molly Wheeler: It isn't right. It's all wrong.
Janet Wheeler: Molly, please...
Molly Wheeler: Well what kind of a marriage have you got? A quick kiss, a swift kick and bingo - you're a war widow!
Janet Wheeler: Don't keep saying that.
Molly Wheeler: What kind of a man ...
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Wedding March
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding chapel
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A delightful romance filled with nostalgia and a surprise happy ending.
27 June 2006 | by friscodickSee all my reviews

I was born in 1936 and must have seen this movie as a kid because during my entire lifetime as soon as I heard the song "The Very Thought of You" the image of Eleanor Parker comes to mind. This movie, probably more than any other from that era, takes me back to the "home front" mentality during the war. It tells a story so common during wartime of two people in love and the tension and worry so typical when the man went off to war, perhaps never to come back. It told of love making without the embarrassing display of sex that permeates so many of today's movies. Yes, it was naive, and it would probably bore today's generation because there are no car chase scenes, no violence and no vulgar language. But most of all it gives one a good feeling about being an American. Eleanor Parker and Dennis Morgan are ideally suited. A couple of things strain credibility; i.e.,living in a large two story house on a clerk's income, getting a telegram from the War Department that names both Dennis Morgan and Dane Clark of being wounded as if they were joined at the hip, but aside from that it is mainly honest in its portrayal of wartime life on the home front. I know, I had three older brothers that went off to war. Richard Lane

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