I’ll Be Seeing You

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This Ginger Rogers/Joseph Cotton film was released on January 5, 1945. In it, a soldier just released from the mental hospital (Cotton) meets a woman on leave from the state penitentiary (Rogers) on a train. She invites him home for the holidays.

Zachary Morgan (Cotton) after singing a Christmas carol with Barbara Marshall’s (Rogers) family:

I haven’t felt so easy in a long time. This is the best Christmas dinner I ever had. Yesterday, I was a stranger here. I mean, I felt like a prisoner inside myself. Now, just to be in a home like this, with people like you, maybe someplace I can come back to next month, or next year…

Christmas Holiday

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In this 1944 film (released in June), Deanna Durbin plays young femme fatale Abigail Martin (also known as Jackie Lamont) who discovers the wealthy man she married is not what she expected.

At one point, Durbin (as Abagail), sings:

I’ll be loving you always, / With a love that’s true always, / When the things you’ve planned need a helping hand / I will understand always, always. / Days may not be fair always, / That’s when I’ll be there, always, / Not for just an hour, not for just a day, / Not for just a year, but always.