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The Goodbye Girl (1977)

After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

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Michael Shawn ...
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Gene Castle ...
Assistant Choreographer
Daniel Levins ...
Dance Instructor (as Daniel Levans)
Marilyn Sokol ...
Linda
Anita Dangler ...
Mrs. Morganweiss
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Bodine
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Liquor Store Salesman
Pancho González ...
Mugger (as Poncho Gonzalez)
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A divorced woman and her daughter come home to find that her boyfriend has left for an out of town job with no warning. This has happened before. The second surprise comes in the form of another actor who has sublet the apartment from her boyfriend (who did not mention the pair of females who would be in residence). After some negotiation the two decide to share the apartment even though she has vowed to stay away from actors. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He's moving in... she's not moving out... it's love at first fight! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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30 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Bogart Slept Here  »

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When Warner Bros. overlooked Neil Simon's rewritten script after the disastrous early shoot, (under the working title "Bogart Slept Here") the studio was still rather uneasy about making the film, but agreed to go forward after making a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to split the costs. The film was one of the earliest co-produced by two Hollywood studios, which was unusual then, but commonplace now. See more »

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The brass, square doorbell button mounted on the door to the apartment sounded with an electric buzzer sound when pushed. This doorbell is actually a mechanical, spring loaded model which sounds a "ding dong" as one pushes the button in and then releases button. The mechanism is on the opposite side of the door and can be seen in later scenes. One typically sees these on office doors, small apartments, mobile homes, etc. See more »

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Lucy McFadden: [hears Elliot chanting] What's that?
Paula McFadden: Sounds like God.
Lucy McFadden: I smell strawberries burning.
Paula McFadden: That's incense.
Lucy McFadden: What's incense?
Paula McFadden: It is what I'm feeling right now.
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Featured in Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

How About You?
(1941) (uncredited)
Music written by Burton Lane
Lyrics written by Ralph Freed
Played on a record and sung by Richard Dreyfuss
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Marsha Mason Does Helen Trent ***1/2
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Marsha Marson. All of her relationships end in failure. The guy simply walks out. She has a precocious daughter, devilishly played by Quinn Cummings. The latter received a supporting actress nomination and faded from the movie scene real fast. Where are you Quinn darling?

Forced to share an apartment with a stranger, Mason may finally be on the right track. Richard Dreyfuss is that man and in a surprise Oscar winning performance (Richard Burton was also up for Equus that year), he is perfect in the role as the charmer.

By movie's end Dreyfuss has to go off to somewhere but unlike the other men in her life, will return. How do we know he is coming back? Just see this delightful film and find out.


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