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Good-bye, My Lady (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 12 May 1956 (USA)
An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.



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Complete credited cast:
Uncle Jesse Jackson
A. H. 'Cash' Evans
Skeeter Jackson
Gates Watson
Walden Grover
Bonnie Drew


Skeeter has found this dog and discovers no one knows what kind of dog it is. Discussing the matter with his uncle the desire to keep and train the dog for bird hunting after finding the dog has super senseing ability but does not bark. He "yoddles" or laughs as some would say. However the real owner William Hoppers character wants him back due to the rarity of the breed. A very sensitive and moving film especially for fans of Walter Brennan and any dog lover. Written by Merv Denman <mervdenman65@msn.com>

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12 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Good Bye My Lady  »

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Did You Know?


According to Hedda Hopper's column of August 28, 1955, director William A. Wellman was planning to cast Vivian Vance and William Frawley (the Mertzes in I Love Lucy (1951)) to play a married couple in a single scene for this film. See more »


A shot of Uncle Jesse and Skeeter's kitchen shows a bag of C&H (California and Hawaiian) sugar on the shelf. C&H sugar distribution has been almost exclusively west of the Mississippi River. Domino is the longtime sugar of choice in Mississippi where the story takes place. See more »


Walden Grover: That's a lot of money.
Skeeter Jackson: That's a lot of dog.
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When Your Boy Becomes a Man
Lyrics by Moris Erby
Music by Don Powell
Sung over main title
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Very similar in style as "To Kill A Mockingbird" with just as much heart.
4 February 2015 | by (New Braunfels, Texas) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in the late '60's as Saturday TV fair and noticed I missed so much seeing it again on TCM recently. This movie has a lot more heart and realism than I remembered.

A very naturally acted, non-sappy portrayal of the day in the life of a boy and his dog living in an old backwoods, swamp country shack with a caring old man.

The entire movie has an ease about it as it gradually tells a simple story of how a boy trains a strange dog to hunt. What's fascinating is the detail about how this boy goes about doing this with a level of intelligence and understanding that's so against what would be expected with your typical "boy and his dog" movie. It actually adds a deep dimension of character and feeling of respect for the overall story and characters including the supporting cast.

The way the ending is handled doesn't insult, preach or pander to the audience. I actually felt I was in the presence of very intelligent people both in front and behind the camera who have a deep understanding of human nature in its simplest form. It's a very strangely peaceful movie. I sensed it when I first saw it as a kid and now can describe it as an adult. A very underrated movie.

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