Never Say Goodbye

Never Say Goodbye

Director: James Kern

Cast: Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker, Lucile Watson

     
 

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Romantic comedy was never Errol Flynn's forte, but he occasionally gave it the old college try in such films as Never Say Goodbye. Flynn plays Phil Gayley, a Petty-like magazine illustrator, whose close proximity with gorgeous female models ruins his marriage to the lovely Ellen (Eleanor Parker). When the Gayleys divorce, their precocious 7-year-old daughterSee more details below

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Romantic comedy was never Errol Flynn's forte, but he occasionally gave it the old college try in such films as Never Say Goodbye. Flynn plays Phil Gayley, a Petty-like magazine illustrator, whose close proximity with gorgeous female models ruins his marriage to the lovely Ellen (Eleanor Parker). When the Gayleys divorce, their precocious 7-year-old daughter Flip (Patti Brady) contrives to bring them back together. She does, of course, but not before several by-the-number comic complications, not least of which finds Phil and his romantic rival Rex DeVallon (Donald Woods) dressed in lookalike Santa Claus suits. The film's biggest laughs are garnered whenever Errol Flynn lampoons his established "swashbuckler" image, which he does with apparent relish. At one point, Flynn even imitates Humphrey Bogart-an effect accomplished by dubbing in the voice of the real Bogart!

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Errol Flynn works so hard in Never Say Goodbye that one wishes it were a better movie than it is. But no matter how charming Flynn may be, Goodbye is a predictable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy that lacks true flair and spark. Flynn comes off well, although he's not quite at home here. The star wasn't cast often in these kind of roles, and they don't seem to come naturally to him, but one gets the impression that with one or two more under his belt, he might have become quite an asset to the genre. Eleanor Parker looks gorgeous and does as well as can be expected with a role that has nothing original about it. Unfortunately, Patti Brady as the stars' daughter is actively annoying and far too saccharine sweet. S.Z. Sakall is charming as usual, but it's Forrest Tucker who makes the biggest impression as a very likeable marine who has been lead astray by Brady's letters. Despite the cast's hard work, though, they just can't overcome the lifeless script or only-adequate direction. Goodbye isn't a terrible film, but it won't make anyone forget It Happened One Night.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
UPC:
0883316289662
Original Release:
1946
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
35,133

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Phil Gayley
Eleanor Parker Ellen Gayley
Lucile Watson Mrs. Hamilton
S.Z. Sakall Luigi Restaurateur
Forrest Tucker Cpl. Fenwick Lonkowski
Donald Woods Rex DeVallon
Peggy Knudsen Nancy Graham
Tom D'Andrea Jack Gordon
Hattie McDaniel Cozy
Charles Coleman Withers
Patti Brady Phillippa (Flip) Gayley
William Benedict Messenger Boy
Monte Blue Policeman
Roy Gordon Detective
Sam McDaniel Porter
Harry Hays Morgan Waiter
Arthur Shields McCarthy
Tom Tyler Policeman
Helen Pender Louise
Lou Marcelle Radio Announcer

Technical Credits
James Kern Director,Screenwriter
Ben Barzman Original Story
Folmar Blangsted Editor
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lewis R. Foster Screenwriter
Budd S. Friend Set Decoration/Design
Anton Grot Art Director
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
William Jacobs Producer
William McGann Special Effects
Leonid Raab Score Composer
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
Perc Westmore Makeup

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