Never Say Goodbye (1946): Kern’s Comedy of Remarriage, Starring Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker

Errol Flynn’s first comedic role since Footsteps in the Dark, Never Say Goodbye is a serio-comedy about a divorcing couple and the daughter who brings them back together.

Divorced New York couple Phil and Ellen Gayley each buy a winter coat for their daughter Phillippa, known as “Flip.”

Flip has spent the last six months with her father, but is about to move in with her mother.

Phil asks Ellen to dinner to attempt a reconciliation. While there, model Nancy Graham sees Phil and assumes he is there to see her. Phil tries to juggle both women, but Ellen finds out and leaves.

Meanwhile, Flip has been writing letters to Fenwick Lonkowski, a Marine, pretending to be older than she is, and sending him a picture of Ellen instead of one of herself. Fenwick arrives to have lunch with Flip and assumes Ellen is her; Ellen decides to flirt with him in order to get revenge on Phil.

Eventually Phil tells Fenwick that Flip wrote the letters. When Fenwick learns how much Flip wants her parents to reunite, he decides to help her. Fenwick takes Flip to Luigi’s, and she refuses to return unless her parents make up. Ellen finally agrees to take Phil back, and Fenwick consoles himself with Luigi’s hatcheck girl.

The film earned $1,770,000, grossing $1,817,000 domestically and $786,000 overseas.

Cast
Errol Flynn as Phil Gayley
Eleanor Parker as Ellen Gayley
Lucile Watson as Mrs. Hamilton
S. Z. Sakall as Luigi
Forrest Tucker as Corporal Fenwick Lonkowski
Donald Woods as Rex DeVallon
Peggy Knudsen as Nancy Graham
Tom D’Andrea as Jack Gordon
Hattie McDaniel as Cozy
Patti Brady as Phillippa “Flip” Gayley