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Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

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Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts ... See full summary »


Vincent Sherman


Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »



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Credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Agatha Reed
Robert Young ... Doctor James Merrill
Frank Lovejoy ... Matt Cole
Eve Arden ... Miss 'Woody' Woods
Janice Rule ... Virginia Merrill
Lurene Tuttle ... Ellen Griswold
Howard St. John ... Claude Griswold
Viola Roache ... Miss Shackelford
Ellen Corby ... Miss Birdshaw
Morgan Farley ... Doctor Pitt
Virginia Gibson ... Mary Nell Dodge
John Qualen ... Professor Dingley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvin ... Jack White (scenes deleted)
Harlan Briggs ... Janitor (scenes deleted)
James Griffith ... Somers (scenes deleted)


Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts at rekindling any sparks are thwarted by the arrival of another rival for her affections and the showing of her controversial film which could put her former beau's job in jeopardy. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus, Meu Amor See more »


Box Office


$1,312,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 28, 1954 with Robert Young reprising his film role. See more »


Agatha picks up a cigarette and table lighter just before Dr. Pitt comes into her room. She stands and holds them both, the cigarette unlit for the remainder of the scene. See more »


Matt Cole: Doesn't the president have anything to say about it?
Doctor Pitt: Oh yes, of course, but only if Mr. Griswold has said it first.
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Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »


Glorious Month of June
Music by J.L. Gilbert
Lyrics by William H. Gardner
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An absolutely brilliant, underrated movie
9 June 2000 | by SHAWFANSee all my reviews

As a devoted fan of old movies which were released when I was a little boy and in those days already an ardent film fan and moviegoer, I was highly surprised to see this film on TCM today because I had never heard of it. But I was certainly glad to have finally caught up with it. As the plot unfolded it became obvious that this must have been originally a finely crafted stage play from the way it led you sympathetically from one character to another and kept you in complete suspense as to different possible denouements for the action. In fact it reminded me of some of Terrence Rattigan's finer plays. But now I see that the play was written by the wife(?) of Garson Kanin. I thoroughly agree with the first review that the romantic side of the plot, though very touching, was by no means all there was to it. Strong statements on wider issues such as academic freedom, ability of big money to call the educational tune, the growing up out of illusions which must be discarded (very Ibsen or George Bernard Shaw) all were pithily and dramatically dealt with and skillfully presented to the audience. The side roles (especially Eve Arden) were all brilliantly executed in that wise-cracking, zany style that made the plays of the 1920s and 30s such favorites. And the main leads (Crawford, Young, etc) were equally outstanding in their emotional portrayals. This film was at least 10-15 years ahead of its time. When the 1960s finally rolled around American youth finally took the blinders off just the way Kanin and the makers of this film advocated. A brilliant and enthralling accomplishment. I wish we could all personally congratulate all the makers of this film of 50 years ago.

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