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Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 19 May 1951 (USA)
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Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts ... See full summary »


Vincent Sherman


Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Agatha Reed
Robert Young ... Doctor James Merrill
Frank Lovejoy ... Matt Cole
Eve Arden ... Miss 'Woody' Woods
Janice Rule ... Virginia Merrill
Lurene Tuttle ... Ellen Griswold
Howard St. John ... Claude Griswold
Viola Roache ... Miss Shackelford
Ellen Corby ... Miss Birdshaw
Morgan Farley ... Doctor Pitt
Virginia Gibson ... Mary Nell Dodge
John Qualen ... Professor Dingley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvin ... Jack White (scenes deleted)
Harlan Briggs ... Janitor (scenes deleted)
James Griffith ... Somers (scenes deleted)
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Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts at rekindling any sparks are thwarted by the arrival of another rival for her affections and the showing of her controversial film which could put her former beau's job in jeopardy. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Film debut of Janice Rule. See more »


Agatha picks up a cigarette and table lighter just before Dr. Pitt comes into her room. She stands and holds them both, the cigarette unlit for the remainder of the scene. See more »


Matt Cole: This overwhelming desire to return to the past... girlhood memories, old pictures, old sofas, old sweethearts. Old hat!
Agatha Reed: You've been on war fronts so long that a decent atmosphere is bound to seem a little incongruous.
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Uneven Mix of Laughs, Romance and Drama
28 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rather bizarre and uneven mix of comedy and drama features congresswoman Agatha Reed (Joan Crawford) going back to her college to receive an honorary degree. Her main reason for wanting to go back is so she can see a former love (Robert Young) who she was expelled from school for sneaking out to see. Once back on campus she ends up caught between him and a photographer (Frank Lovejoy). GOODBYE, MY FANCY has pretty much been forgotten over the years and it's easy to see why because it's really not part of Crawford's high standards, which she started six years earlier with MILDRED PIERCE and followed with some very impressive bits of work. This film here is mildly entertaining on a few levels but overall you've got to consider it a pretty disappointing picture. One of the biggest problems is that it runs 106-minutes and probably could have lost a good sixteen-minutes if not more. I say this because there's just so much going on in this picture and with so much happening the film just seems too long and uneven. The early portion of the film makes you think that we're in for some sort of weird comedy and we're given various silly scenes. Then the film because a rather bland romantic-comedy but things change yet again when we get a rather long political debate about freedom. I think the final twenty-five minutes or so are actually the best part of the film as the Crawford character tries to fight to get a film shown that tells young people some of the horrors that are out there. As for Crawford, she turns in a good performance but there's certainly nothing all that memorable here. This is the type of role should could do without trying but it's always nice seeing her. Young is pretty bland in his role but thankfully Lovejoy adds some energy when he's on screen. Eve Arden is good as the secretary and Janice Rule is also nice as Young's daughter. GOODBYE, MY FANCY really isn't going to appeal to many except for Crawford fans wanting to see everything she did.

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Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, mi querer See more »


Box Office


$1,312,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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