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Never Say Goodbye (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1946 (USA)
Both living in New York City, successful artist Phillip Gayley, most renowned for his series of Gayley Girls (swimsuit models in evocative poses), and Ellen Gayley, a one time Gayley Girl, ... See full summary »

Director:

James V. Kern

Writers:

I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay), James V. Kern (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Phil Gayley
Eleanor Parker ... Ellen Gayley
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Hamilton
S.Z. Sakall ... Luigi (as S.Z. 'Cuddles' Sakall)
Forrest Tucker ... Fenwick Lonkowski
Donald Woods ... Rex DeVallon
Peggy Knudsen ... Nancy Graham
Tom D'Andrea ... Jack Gordon
Hattie McDaniel ... Cozy
Patti Brady ... Flip Gayley
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Storyline

Both living in New York City, successful artist Phillip Gayley, most renowned for his series of Gayley Girls (swimsuit models in evocative poses), and Ellen Gayley, a one time Gayley Girl, have been divorced for one year. They each have six month custody of their only child, now seven year old Phillippa Gayley, nicknamed Flip. Flip loves both her parents and misses the other when she's not with that parent for that six months, especially when they have to say goodbye at the end of the six months. Phil didn't want to get the divorce, and Ellen only went through with it, convinced by her judgmental mother, Mrs. Hamilton, that Phil had a constantly wandering eye, most specifically with whoever the Gayley Girl of the day. Mrs. Hamilton would rather see Ellen married to someone more stable and secure, like her stuffy and officious lawyer, Rex DeVallon. However, both Phil and Ellen still love each other, and without telling the other would deep in their hearts want to reconcile. Beyond Flip... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Surely not Shirley, but better!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Ever Leave Me See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Gayley is called "Robin Hood" by his daughter. Robin Hood was one of Errol Flynn most famous roles although he was never nominated for an Oscar for it. See more »

Goofs

When Wickie is doing the flip ups in Ellen's kitchen, the performer's face is visible making it obvious that the stunt is not being performed by Forrest Tucker who portrays Wickie. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Gayley: Don't tell me you've been playing hooky all this time.
Flip Gayley: Oh, no, mommy. Only the last four days.
Ellen Gayley: Oh, Phil.
Phil Gayley: Well, she's smarter than those other kids. I thought it only fair to let the rest of the class catch up with her.
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Connections

References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

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Remember Me?
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by a vocal group during the opening credits and played often throughout the picture
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A Little Less Than Heroic
17 December 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Never Say Goodbye was one of three films Errol Flynn did for Warner Brothers where apparently Jack Warner tried to change his action hero image somewhat and broaden his appeal. No doubt at the behest of Flynn himself who was complaining to Jack Warner the same way Tyrone Power was doing over at 20th Century Fox with Darryl Zanuck.

Errol's a little less than heroic here, just your average divorced father who happens to be a commercial artist. He and Eleanor Parker have been divorced a couple of years now, but daughter Patti Brady so wants them back together again, especially as a Christmas wish.

Errol's willing enough, but he's got some stiff competition in the persons of Donald Woods who is courting Parker and Marine Forrest Tucker who Brady's been writing to. On the imbecilic instructions of her dear old dad who knows what Marines like, she sends a picture of Mommy in a bathing suit. Of course that piques Tucker's interest quite a bit. Errol himself has model Peggy Knudsen interested in him, but she's not going to wait around forever.

Add to this scene stealing veterans like Lucille Watson as Parker's mother and restaurateur S.Z. Sakall and you've got the makings of a nice family type picture, the kind that Errol Flynn so rarely made in his career. Flynn does fine in the part, but for comedy he's far better in Footsteps In The Dark as the millionaire/mystery writer. Flynn's first effort at comedy was The Perfect Specimen done early in his career with Joan Blondell. I've not seen that one, I do so wish TCM would run it.

Never Say Goodbye neither changed Flynn's image with the movie-going public nor did it chart any new directions for him. But it's a pleasant enough comedy diversion. Note that 'imitation' of another Warner Brothers star towards the end.


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