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Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

 -  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 »



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Credited cast:
Agatha Reed
Doctor James Merrill
Frank Lovejoy ...
Matt Cole
Miss 'Woody' Woods
Virginia Merrill
Ellen Griswold
Howard St. John ...
Claude Griswold
Viola Roache ...
Miss Shackelford
Miss Birdshaw
Morgan Farley ...
Doctor Pitt
Virginia Gibson ...
Mary Nell Dodge
Professor Dingley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvin ...
Jack White (scenes deleted)
Harlan Briggs ...
Janitor (scenes deleted)
Somers (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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No one holds a candle to Joan -- when Joan is carrying the torch!


Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Goodbye, My Fancy  »

Box Office


$1,312,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dr. James Merrill and Agatha Reed recite the beginning of the poem by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), "Good-Bye My Fancy," which gave the title to this movie: "Good-bye my Fancy! / Farewell dear mate, dear love! / I'm going away, I know not where, / Or to what fortune, or whether I may ever see you again, / So Good-bye my Fancy." See more »


Matt Cole: Open your eyes, Aggie. This is a lost world up here. And Merrill's the perfect president for it.
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Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »


Glorious Month of June
Music by J.L. Gilbert
Lyrics by William H. Gardner
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If it's supposed to be a lightweight confection, someone forgot to inform Miss Crawford...
3 April 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Miscast, highly-contrived screen-adaptation of Fay Kanin's play about a U.S. Congresswoman and her devoted secretary going back to the same all-girl college the fiery female politician was expelled from twenty years ago. Seems the President of Administration wants to give her an honorary degree, however the Board of Trustees are concerned over the Congresswoman's 'radical' political views--and are as yet unaware of the President and the Congresswoman's scandalous past together! In the lead, Joan Crawford anxiously strides up and down like a woman possessed; the role doesn't require it, and the star's angst is as misplaced here as is Frank Lovejoy's crass portrayal of a combat-photographer from LIFE who used to date Crawford and now wants her back. Joan dabs at her eyes and shoos away male suitors, yet we never know what she's doing to cause so much emotional turmoil (this Congresswoman is all business, no fun). Eve Arden (dry as ever) and Robert Young (with overstated gray streaks in his hair) come off best, but Lurene Tuttle plays to the rafters as Joan's former roommate whose husband just happens to be the most vocal objector on the Board. The young woman who now occupies Crawford's old dorm-room happens to be Young's daughter, who tells the Congresswoman after a chat, "I grew up a little today, thanks to you." A stilted nosegay, designed for blue-hair audiences of another era. ** from ****

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