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Never Say Goodbye (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1946 (USA)
Both living in New York City, successful artist Phillip Gayley, most renowned for his series of Gayley Girls (swimsuit models in evocative poses), and Ellen Gayley, a one time Gayley Girl, ... See full summary »

Director:

James V. Kern

Writers:

I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay), James V. Kern (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Phil Gayley
Eleanor Parker ... Ellen Gayley
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Hamilton
S.Z. Sakall ... Luigi (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Forrest Tucker ... Fenwick Lonkowski
Donald Woods ... Rex DeVallon
Peggy Knudsen ... Nancy Graham
Tom D'Andrea ... Jack Gordon
Hattie McDaniel ... Cozy
Patti Brady ... Flip Gayley
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Storyline

Both living in New York City, successful artist Phillip Gayley, most renowned for his series of Gayley Girls (swimsuit models in evocative poses), and Ellen Gayley, a one time Gayley Girl, have been divorced for one year. They each have six month custody of their only child, now seven year old Phillippa Gayley, nicknamed Flip. Flip loves both her parents and misses the other when she's not with that parent for that six months, especially when they have to say goodbye at the end of the six months. Phil didn't want to get the divorce, and Ellen only went through with it, convinced by her judgmental mother, Mrs. Hamilton, that Phil had a constantly wandering eye, most specifically with whoever the Gayley Girl of the day. Mrs. Hamilton would rather see Ellen married to someone more stable and secure, like her stuffy and officious lawyer, Rex DeVallon. However, both Phil and Ellen still love each other, and without telling the other would deep in their hearts want to reconcile. Beyond Flip... Written by Huggo

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Warner's great big hit with the great big laughs!!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Ever Leave Me See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story was purchased by Warner Bros. in June, 1944 and remained in development until July, 1945. See more »

Goofs

When Phil is being carried out of room by a large man, the lift is obviously assisted by two wires hanging from ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Phil Gayley: Luigi!
Luigi: What?
Phil Gayley: Nancy's here.
Luigi: With who?
Phil Gayley: With me. How do I get into these jams?
Luigi: It's a gift.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember Me?
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by a vocal group during the opening credits and played often throughout the picture
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Forrest Tucker is the real surprise...and Flynn is excellent too...
12 April 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

While I can't say too much for the script, NEVER SAY GOODBYE proves that Warner Bros. should have let ERROL FLYNN have his way with playing comedies more frequently. After a weak start with FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK, they decided he was better off as the stalwart hero of adventure films instead. But his performance here is a genuine delight.

And FORREST TUCKER as a big Marine lug who thinks ELEANOR PARKER has written him letters during his war service, is another big surprise. His handling of the lovable Marine is downright enjoyable without an excessive amount of mugging. He ambles through the part with authority and the sort of restraint that makes the part just believable enough.

Otherwise, the script is on the uninspired side--with little Patty Brady as a girl who wants her parents (Flynn and his ex-wife Eleanor Parker) to reunite. Naturally all of her plans make for the mishaps and misunderstandings until all ends well.

On the down side, there are a few unfunny scenes during a restaurant rendezvous, but the best part of the film is ahead once Forrest Tucker shows up. From then on, it takes on a breezier style.

Donald Woods has his usual thankless role as the suitor Eleanor is thinking of as marriage material and Lucille Watson does a nice turn as her mother who disapproves of her ex-son-in-law.

Nothing special but it passes the time pleasantly and shows Flynn did have a gift for comedy. His Bogart act is priceless.


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