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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.


Delmer Daves


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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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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?


Eleanor Parker herself had a war-time marriage to a Navy dentist the previous year. They would divorce soon after this picture was released. Faye Emerson also married during the war. She wed Elliott Roosevelt, the son of President Roosevelt, shortly after this film was released. 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 »


Sgt. 'Fixit' Gilman: Where are all the dames with sweaters?
Sgt. David Stewart: It so happens Cal Tech is not a co-educational school.
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The Very Thought of You
Written by Ray Noble
Played during the opening credits
Vocal rendition played on the car radio
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A Little Fragmented But Very Poignant
22 July 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

In some ways, this is a series of vignettes cobbled together. The main story involves Eleanor Parker and Dennis Morgan. She had been a soda jerk when he was a chemistry student in the nearby college. Now they are reunited by chance while he is on leave from the service.

Her father is Henry Travers, very touching as a man viewed by many, himself most of all, as a failure. There is an implication that he's had emotional problems, as well. His wife, Parker's mother, is the absolutely always excellent Beulah Bondi. She looks tired, drawn, and grim when Parker first brings Morgan to the family Thanksgiving dinner but loosens up a bit once they've made her a grandmother.

Then there is comic relief Dane Clark, Morgan's military buddy. Dane Clark's is not a name that springs readily to mind when one thinks comedy but he is good. Faye Emerson is excellent as the girl he falls for while he and Morgan are on leave.

Then there is the always fascinating Andrea King, one of Parker's sisters. She has become jaded while her husband is off at sea. She has become a loose woman. When he reappears, as handsome William Prince, they somewhat improbably reconcile.

The movie is the slightly cheery side of a film noir. It has all the elements of noir. The difference is that it has a happy ending. Under the happiness, though, is terrible sadness -- both at home and fighting for our country overseas.

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