Sunday Dinner for a Soldier

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier is a 1944 film directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Anne Baxter and John Hodiak. It is based on a novelette by Martha Cheavens.

Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
Directed byLloyd Bacon
Produced byWalter Morosco
Written byMartha Cheavens (story)
Melvin Levy
Wanda Tuchock
StarringAnne Baxter
John Hodiak
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyJoseph MacDonald
Edited byJ. Watson Webb Jr.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 8, 1944 (1944-12-08)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2 million[1]


A poor family in Florida saves all the money they can in order to plan a Sunday dinner for a soldier at a local Army airbase. They don't realize that their request to invite the soldier never got mailed. On the day of the scheduled dinner, another soldier is brought to their home and love soon blossoms between him (Hodiak) and Tessa (Baxter), the young woman who runs the home.

Primary cast

Radio adaptation

On February 19, 1945, Baxter, Hodiak, and Winninger appeared in a radio adaptation of the film on Lux Radio Theatre.


  • "The Screen; Crisis and Romance", The New York Times (January 25, 1945)

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