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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 »



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Credited cast:
... Agatha Reed
... Doctor James Merrill
... Matt Cole
... Miss 'Woody' Woods
... Virginia Merrill
... Ellen Griswold
... Claude Griswold
... Miss Shackelford
... Miss Birdshaw
... Doctor Pitt
... Mary Nell Dodge
... Professor Dingley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Jack White (scenes deleted)
... Janitor (scenes deleted)
... 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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No one holds a candle to Joan -- when Joan is carrying the torch!


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Release Date:

19 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adeus, Meu Amor  »


Box Office


$1,312,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Ida Lupino biographer William Donati, director Vincent Sherman was summoned to the office of Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner--to whom he was under contract at the time--and accused of having an affair with Warners star Joan Crawford. Sherman, who had been at the studio since 1937, replied that what he did on his own tome was none of Warner's business. Warner ordered the director to stop making so many close-ups of the actress, an order Sherman disobeyed. Warners used that pretext to end its relationship with him. The director eventually found out that the studio exec had purposely provoked the confrontation with him because he thought Sherman was a Communist. When that turned out not to be true, Sherman was hired by the studio eight years later to do The Young Philadelphians (1959). 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 »


Miss 'Woody' Woods: [Seeing Agatha searching the desk drawer] May I ask what you're doing?
Agatha Reed: There's a secret compartment in this desk; I used to keep brownies in it to hide them from Ellie.
Miss 'Woody' Woods: Who's Ellie?
Agatha Reed: My roommate. You share your clothes, your perfume, and even your themes with your roommate , but never your...
[Pulling out a tin, and opening it]
Agatha Reed: brownies!
Miss 'Woody' Woods: Zooks! they must be stale!
Agatha Reed: [chewing] Fresh this week. go on, have one.
Miss 'Woody' Woods: No thanks. They stick to my teeth.
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Alma Mater
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Joan in Roz territory
12 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

In a part that was tailor made for Rosalind Russell but that she had to pull out of at the last minute Joan Crawford gets a chance to shade her diamond hard persona somewhat in this tale of remembered love.

It's really a story of how we remember people and how time changes them. The part and Joan aren't a perfect fit but she does try and does a decent job of it. As in Mildred Pierce she and Eve Arden interact wonderfully and their few scenes have a nice snap.

Actually Joan's casting isn't the only one that seems off. While Robert Young is fine as the conflicted college president Frank Lovejoy is wrong as the inquisitive reporter. He was a good tough guy actor but Robert Montgomery or Clark Gable would have been more suitable, the part is the second lead so neither would have considered it.

Someone who is perfectly cast however is the wonderful Lurene Tuttle, as the seemingly simpleminded college chum of Joan. She is funny and touching and steals any scene she's in with ease.

The film does have a message about being true to your ideals but is mostly a bittersweet romance and an enjoyable one at that.

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