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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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Two people impossibly in Love! See more »




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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 »


As Time Goes By
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Played as background music after Luigi spills soup on himself
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Forrest Tucker is the real surprise...and Flynn is excellent too...
12 April 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See 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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