Never Say Goodbye (1956 film)
|Never Say Goodbye|
|Directed by||Jerry Hopper|
|Written by||Luigi Pirandello (play)
Charles Hoffman (writer)
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Edited by||Paul Weatherwax|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Box office||$1.6 million (US)|
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.
- Rock Hudson as Dr. Michael Parker
- Cornell Borchers as Lisa Gosting
- George Sanders as Victor
- Shelley Fabares as Suzy Parker
- Ray Collins as Dr. Bailey
- David Janssen as Dave Heller
- Helen Wallace as Miss Tucker
- John Wengraf as Prof. Zimmelman (as John E. Wengraf)
- Raymond Greenleaf as Dr. Kelly Andrews
- Max Showalter as Andy Leonard (as Casey Adams)
- John Banner as Oskar, the Baker
- Jerry Paris as Joe
- Else Neft as Frau Hempel
- Clint Eastwood as Will (uncredited)
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
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