Never Say Goodbye

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"Surely not Shirley, but better!!"
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  • 1946
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.7  (1,305)

Never Say Goodbye is a romantic comedy movie from 1946, directed by James V. Kern with a fascinating cast featuring Errol Flynn, Eleanor Parker, and Lucile Watson. The film revolves around the story of a couple who has divorced, but fate brings them together again. The movie opens with Philip Carey (Errol Flynn), a famous artist, and his son Flip (Patti Brady) arriving in Beverly Hills after a long absence. Philip is trying to reconcile with his ex-wife Ellen (Eleanor Parker), who he had divorced five years earlier. Philip is remorseful and wants to reunite with her, but Ellen is romantically linked to a wealthy businessman, Rex Durkee (Forrest Tucker). Despite the situation, Flip is happy to reunite with her mother.

Philip and Ellen's marriage had ended when Philip was falsely accused of murder. He was imprisoned, and Ellen left him, feeling betrayed. Philip was later released when the actual perpetrator confessed, but the damage was already done. Even after their divorce, Philip had continued painting Ellen's portrait. When he discovers that Ellen had remarried, he decides to destroy the painting.

Philip tries to win Ellen back by meeting her frequently, but she is guarded against his advances. Her mother, Mrs. Hamilton (Lucile Watson), dislikes Philip and tries to keep him away from Ellen. But destiny has different plans, and their son Flip starts concocting schemes to rekindle their love. Flip's plan works when the family gets invited to a Durkee party, and Philip steps up to rescue Ellen and her mom.

As the story progresses, Philip's desperate attempts to win back Ellen leads to a few comic reliefs, including a catfight, a mugging, and a kidnapping. The movie picks up pace as Philip's plots to woo Ellen become more unusual and exciting.

One of the highlights of the movie is the excellent chemistry between the two leads, Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker. Flynn delivers a solid performance as the regretful and charming artist who wants to reunite with his ex-wife, while Parker portrays the conflicted Ellen who is caught in a web of her feelings for both her ex-husband and her current partner.

The supporting cast, especially Lucile Watson, adds a lot of value to the story's humor and emotional depth. Watson's performance as Ellen's mother Murray Hamilton is excellent, as she skillfully plays the overbearing, opinionated mother.

The cinematography in the movie is beautifully done by Ernest Haller, with striking black and white visuals that add to the overall charm of the movie. The score is also noteworthy, with great tracks that capture the emotional nuances of the characters.

Never Say Goodbye is ultimately a charming romantic comedy that will certainly please fans of classic cinema. It's a great showcase of Errol Flynn's talents as an actor, and Eleanor Parker's impressive range as well. The story's emotive themes of love, regret, and hope will resonate with audiences across generations. If you're looking for an old-school romance with some great laughs, Never Say Goodbye is a must-watch.

Never Say Goodbye is a 1946 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    6.7  (1,305)