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Never Say Goodbye (1956)

In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Michael Parker
Lisa Gosting
Suzy Parker
Dr. Bailey
Dave Heller
Helen Wallace ...
Miss Tucker
Prof. Zimmelman (as John E. Wengraf)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dr. Kelly Andrews
Andy Leonard (as Casey Adams)
Oskar, the Baker
Else Bäck ...
Frau Hempel (as Else Neft)
Terry Ann Rossworn ...
Suzy, age 2
Dr. Kenneth Evans


In present-day U.S., Dr. Michael Parker, a prominent surgeon, unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife whom he thought was dead. Victor, an artist and his "dead" wife's now boyfriend, berates Dr. Parker for "killing" her. The bulk of the story flashes back to Austria during World War II as we learn how Dr. Parker met and married his wife, and the one mistake that may have cost him his family. Written by hiphats

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Hated by the child who was her son... and forbidden to say "I am your mother."


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 March 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nur Du allein  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


While shooting Clint Eastwood's only scene, Rock Hudson noticed that Eastwood was wearing prop glasses. Hudson protested that because he was playing a physician, he should be wearing glasses, so the director gave Eastwood's glasses to Hudson. It is the only scene in the film where Hudson wears glasses. See more »


Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »


Written by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Cornell Borchers
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Positively Noble
12 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

German film star Cornell Borchers stars with Rock Hudson in this Fifties romance of love and sacrifice Never Say Goodbye. Who would have thought that George Sanders would not be a cad in a film.

Hudson plays an army doctor in post war Europe awaiting home and discharge and he runs into Borchers and Sanders in a nightclub. He and Borchers marry and they have a kid who grows up to be Shelley Fabares. But the way she and Sanders keep hanging around together arouses the old green eyed monster in Rock. He confronts her and she takes off behind the Iron Curtain in post war Vienna where who knows she might have run into Harry Lime.

Fast forward to the present being 1956. Borchers and Sanders are in Los Angeles doing their club act and she runs into Hudson who has told his daughter that her mother was dead. After this the film becomes positively weepy.

I won't say more, but everybody here becomes positively noble and noble does not wear well on George Sanders.

Never Say Goodbye was what was termed a woman's picture back in the day and for those who are inclined to these type films this one is for you. Look fast and you'll see Clint Eastwood as one of Rock's medical colleagues.

Douglas Sirk guided Rock through a few of these kinds of films in their salad days. But Sirk knew enough to keep his hands off this.

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