I’ll Be Seeing You. 1944. USA. Directed by William Dieterle. 83 min.
Screenplay by Charles Martin, Marion Parsonnet. With Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington. Rogers and Cotten are two lost souls who meet on a train: she’s a convict on an eight-day Christmas furlough; he’s a severely traumatized war veteran on a therapeutic 10-day leave from a military hospital. As the two fall in love, they hesitate to reveal the violent secrets that lie in their pasts—his as a victim, hers as a perpetrator. A teenage Shirley Temple, as Rogers’s spoiled niece, threatens to upset the apple cart. William Dieterle directs with his customary attention to lighting and dramatic space.