eminent American doctor who
is bringing up his only child in the United
States, after his German-born wife
is declared missing presumed dead
after disappearing behind the Iron
Curtain after the Second World War,
is astounded to discover she is alive
on a return visit to the Continent
in the 1956 romantic drama Never
Say Goodbye... EMINENT AMERICAN DOCTOR Mike Parker (Rock Hudson: Giant) has
brought up his daughter Suzy (Shelley Fabares) in his home town of California
with the help of housekeeper Miss Tucker (Helen Wallace) since his wife Lisa
(Cornell Borchers) went missing presumed dead behind the Iron Curtain shortly
after World War Two.
While waiting in Austria in 1945 to be flown home after the war, Mike and his
friends had gone to a nightclub in Vienna where Lisa, an accomplished pianist
and singer, was performing alongside her friend Victor (George Sanders), the
period drama has
a wonderful cast and
a fascinating storyline
that is relevant today.
Never Say Goodbye
is as entertaining now as
when it was filmed
had fallen in love with Lisa and soon after their marriage Suzy was born, making
his happiness complete. He had been heartbroken when he was unable to find his
wife after they had had a misunderstanding and she left to go to the Russian
zone to see her father, becoming trapped there and in danger when the borders
Now back in America in the 1950s, Mike flies off to the National Orthopaedic
Convention in Europe to hear Professor Zimmelman (John E Wengraf) speak of his
pioneering methods around X-rays and new diagnostic techniques, after which
he goes to a bar with two colleagues, Dr Bailey (Ray Collins) and Dr Barnes
He cannot believe it when he sees Lisa there with Victor and is even more upset
when he finds out that they thought he had abandoned his wife, who is very fragile.
She runs away, only to be hit by a car and she suffers some serious injuries.
Both Lisa and Mike have to make difficult decisions about their future, but
is there a way back for them or is it too late?
How would Suzy, who believes her mother to be dead, deal with hearing the news
and would she ever be able to accept Lisa, whom she has not seen since she was
two years old? Will Mike lose the love of his life forever?
This enjoyable, well-paced romantic period drama has a wonderful cast headed
by Hollywood heartthrob Rock Hudson and a fascinating storyline that is relevant
today. Never Say Goodbye is as entertaining today as it was when it was
filmed in 1956, not so long after the war. It is good to see these "windows
on the past" being released on Home Entertainment from the golden age of Hollywood.
Interesting to see an early role for Clint Eastwood as Will, Mike Parker's colleague
at work; and also the tragic actress Gia Scala (Ride A Crooked Trail; The
Guns of Navarone) who plays Minnie.
Never Say Goodbye also features: David Janssen as Dave Heller; Raymond
Greenleaf as Dr Kelly Andrews; Casey Adams as Andy Leonard; and Terry Ann Rossworn
as Suzy (aged two).
Music is by Frank Skinner; Director of Photography is Maury Gertsman, ASC; Screenplay
is by Charles Hoffman, based on a screenplay by Bruce Manning, John Klorer and
Leonard Lee from the play Come Prima Meglio di Prima by Luigi Pirandello; Produced
by Albert J Cohen; Directed by Jerry Hopper with Douglas Sirk.
Say Goodbye is released on DVD in the UK by Simply Media on 4 July 2016.
Certificate: U | Running Time: 93 Minutes | Catalogue Number: 164471 | RRP:
"This enjoyable, well-paced romantic period drama has a wonderful cast and a
fascinating storyline that is relevant today. Never Say Goodbye is as
entertaining now as when it was filmed in 1956" Maggie Woods