Movie Lovers Reviews: Never Say Goodbye (1946) - Charming family comedy

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Never Say Goodbye (1946) - Charming family comedy

Never Say Goodbye Errol Flynn Eleanor Parker
Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker shine in "Never Say Goodbye."

In "Never Say Goodbye" (1946), a young girl becomes a war-time marine's pen-pal, and when he visits at war's end expecting someone a bit more "available," comic complications ensue. All ultimately works out well, naturally, but not before everyone involved has thoroughly chewed the scenery. Errol Flynn's dead-on impression of Humphrey Bogart from "Casablanca" is a highlight, as are various send-ups of his own swashbuckling image (the "jumping" scene in the kitchen with Forrest Tucker is a riot).

Never Say Goodbye Errol Flynn Eleanor Parker

It is Tucker, though, who "tucks" the movie under his arm, lowers his head and barrels over the goal line. He demonstrates the comic flair more fully developed twenty years later in "F-Troop" and imparts a liveliness and energy that Flynn repeatedly plays off to raise his own performance. Eleanor Parker does a fine job as the woman being pursued, and little Patti Brady charms as Tucker's actual pen-pal friend. A fine, lightweight "coming home" comedy in a genteel setting that children and romantics of all ages should find entertaining.


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