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The Very Thought of You (film)

The Very Thought of You
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Directed byDelmer Daves
Produced byJerry Wald
Screenplay byAlvah Bessie
Delmer Daves
Based onan original story by Lionel Wiggam
StarringDennis Morgan
Eleanor Parker
Dane Clark
Music byFranz Waxman
CinematographyBert Glennon
Edited byAlan Crosland Jr.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 20, 1944 (1944-10-20)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,514,000[1]
For the 1998 British romantic comedy, see Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.

The Very Thought of You is a 1944 romantic drama film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Dennis Morgan and Eleanor Parker. The screenplay concerns an American soldier on a short leave during World War II who falls in love with and marries a woman.


Away for a year and a half serving their country, Army Sergeants Dave (Dennis Morgan) and "Fixit" (Dane Clark) spend a three-day pass in Pasadena, also visiting Dave's alma mater, Caltech.

They meet two young women who work in a parachute factory. Cora (Faye Emerson) quickly catches Fixit's eye, while Janet (Eleanor Parker) remembers Dave from school days. Upon realizing that Dave has no family nearby, Janet invites him home for Thanksgiving dinner.

Her family does not treat him kindly. Janet's mother does not approve of getting involved with a military man who's away all the time. One reason for that is Janet's sister Molly (Andrea King), who is married to a sailor but seeing other men behind his back. Janet's brother, classified 4-F, is rude to Dave as well. Only her father makes their dinner guest feel welcome.

After a day at Mount Wilson runs long and causes them to be late getting Janet back home, but the couple can't bear to part, so Janet and Dave proceed to Cora's apartment and fall asleep. It is 3 a.m. when he takes her home, where Janet's mother slaps her. Dave must report for duty in San Diego, but is in love and marries Janet, enjoying a brief honeymoon. Molly disapproves and intercepts Dave's letters to Janet. Janet decides to move out and live in Cora's apartment.

But when news comes that Dave and Fixit have been wounded in the war, everyone in Janet's family finally relents. Molly even begs husband Fred (William Prince) for forgiveness and they reconcile. It takes months more, but Dave finally returns to rejoin his wife and meet their new baby boy.



According to Warner Bros records the film earned $1,933,000 domestically and $581,000 foreign.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 25 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551

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