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Never Say Goodbye (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 9 November 1946 (USA)
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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 »


James V. Kern


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





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


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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Did You Know?


When Errol Flynn dons a disguise as Humphrey Bogart, it's Bogart himself who's doing the voice-over. See more »


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 »


Phil Gayley: I don't care about Nancy. But I don't want her to start making a scene. You know how she is.
Luigi: Sure. You take a girl out to dinner two or three hundred times and right away she thinks you're interested in her.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


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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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under-appreciated characters!
17 December 2009 | by j-deatonSee all my reviews

I agree with most of the comments I've read. The 'Luigi' character is flustered and hilarious, especially at the beginning. While it's a fluff look at serious divorce and the heartache it plays on children, and though there's a goofy lawyer but no corresponding goofy judge; the main thing here is the wonderful child actor, the mysterious Patti Brady as the precocious daughter 'Flip.'

She is so much more natural and delightful than her predecessor Shirley Temple, I don't understand why she didn't continue on for more than a few years. I went and looked up the time frame to see if Shirley could have been copying her, but no, I guess it was the other way around.

This girl went beyond the normal child stereotypes and would have been an improvement in many other Christmas & family & WW II movies (tied in by young giant, Tucker's Marine character, 'Wickie'). I can't find anything on Brady; she must have kept private, later.

When you're watching the stream of standard Christmas repeats, don't miss this one!! It's B&W, but still worth it.

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Release Date:

9 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Ever Leave Me See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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