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Never Say Goodbye (1946)

 -  Comedy  -  9 November 1946 (USA)
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Phil and Ellen Gayley have been divorced for a year, and their 8-year old daughter, Flip, is very unhappy that her parents are not together. Flip starts a correspondence with a marine, ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Phil Gayley
Ellen Gayley
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Luigi Restaurateur (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Cpl. Fenwick 'Wickie' Lonkowski
Donald Woods ...
Rex DeVallon
Peggy Knudsen ...
Nancy Graham
Tom D'Andrea ...
Jack Gordon
Patti Brady ...
Phillippa 'Flip' Gayley
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Phil's Bogart impression (voice)


Phil and Ellen Gayley have been divorced for a year, and their 8-year old daughter, Flip, is very unhappy that her parents are not together. Flip starts a correspondence with a marine, sending a picture of her beautiful mother as the author of Flip's flirtatious letters. When the marine shows up to meet his pen pal, Ellen takes the opportunity to make her ex-husband jealous. Written by

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9 November 1946 (USA)  »

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| (TCM print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Errol Flynn dons a disguise as Humphrey Bogart, it's Bogart himself who's doing the voice-over. See more »


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 »


Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »


A Little on the Lonely Side
Written by Richard Robertson, Frank Weldon and James Cavanaugh
Played as background music when Fenwick enters Luigi's and stands next to Phil
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A soft-sell from Flynn, but he does more for the picture than it does for him...
18 December 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Divorced for just one year, a New York calendar artist (who specializes in cheesecake portraits) and a wealthy society lady are reunited by their precocious preteen daughter (nicknamed Flip!). Despite a script littered with talented names (I.A.L. Diamond, James V. Kern, and Lewis R. Foster adapting a story by Ben and Norma Barzman), this overly-cute concoction with holiday trimmings is enough to sink even Errol Flynn's curious good nature. Flynn isn't well-partnered with Eleanor Parker, and his punchlines are no better than those for the rest of the cast, yet he dances around the banal jokes and cozies up to his co-stars with the utmost charm. He doesn't attempt to make something special out of the frivolous material (he coasts through on his good will), but the sugar-coated scenario weakens his matinée appeal and turns him into a plastic prince. As a teddy-bear soldier, Forrest Tucker actually makes a stronger impression. Supporting cast, including S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall, Peggy Knudsen, and Hattie McDaniel, adds a bit of flavor, but the over-rehearsed youngster (Patti Brady, with an unplaceable accent) is filled with gooey-false uplift. Leaden package needs more than slapstick, sweet music, and changing could also use a heart. *1/2 from ****

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