Never Say Goodbye (1956 film)

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Never Say Goodbye
Never Say Goodbye FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Written by Luigi Pirandello (play)
Charles Hoffman (writer)
Starring Rock Hudson
Cornell Borchers
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Paul Weatherwax
Production
company
Release dates
  • November 6, 1956 (1956-11-06)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.6 million (US)[1]

Never Say Goodbye is a 1956 film starring Rock Hudson. The film is loosely based on the play Come Prima Meglio Di Prima by Luigi Pirandello.

Plot[edit]

Dr. Mike Parker must leave California to speak at a conference in New York. A widower, he and daughter Suzy have a deal with each other to never actually say goodbye. She remains behind with Miss Tucker, her governess.

Having a drink after the conference, a caricature artist, Victor, comes to Mike's table along with a woman who plays piano at the nightclub, Dorian Kent. To their mutual shock, Mike recognizes Dorian as his late wife, Lisa.

Dorian flees into the street, where she is hit by a car. While he waits for her injuries to heal, Mike recalls how they met in Vienna, Austria in the postwar 1940s, when he was an Army doctor.

At that time, she and Victor had an act together as entertainers. Mike treated her for a sprained ankle and ended up marrying Lisa, who gave birth to Suzy. A jealous Mike, however, continually suspected her of having an affair with Victor, and when she went to the Russian sector to seek advice from her father, Lisa was never seen or heard from again.

Unwilling to renew their marriage but eager to see Suzy again, a recovered Lisa agrees to accompany Mike back to his home. The little girl misunderstands, however, believing her dad is bringing home a new wife. She becomes hysterical. And later, she takes a dislike to Lisa and refuses to believe any suggestion that this is her real mother.

Victor visits and charms Suzy with his drawings. Mike gets an inspiration that Suzy should describe to the artist whatever memories she has of what her mother looked like. Lisa is about to leave when Suzy, having seen Victor's sketch, realizes who she is and calls out to Lisa to come back.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957

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