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Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 275 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 May 1951 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)

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  • IMDb page: Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 275 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 19 May 1951 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Occidental College -1600 Campus Road, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $1,312,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $1,358,000(Worldwide)
  • Director: Vincent Sherman
  • Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Young and Frank Lovejoy|See full cast and crew
  • Soundtrack: Glorious Month of June
  • Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound System)
  • Plot Keyword: College | Old Flame | Professor | Student | Politician

Writing Credits By:

  • Ivan Goff (screenplay) and
  • Ben Roberts (screenplay)
  • Fay Kanin (play)

Known Trivia

  • Madeleine Carroll played the role of Agatha Reed on stage.
  • The original Broadway production of “Goodbye, My Fancy” by Fay Kanin opened at the Morosco Theater in New York on November 17, 1948 and ran for 446 performances.
  • “Lux Radio Theater” broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 28, 1954 with Robert Young reprising his film role.
  • According to Ida Lupino biographer William Donati, director Vincent Sherman was summoned to the office of Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner–to whom he was under contract at the time–and accused of having an affair with Warners star Joan Crawford. Sherman, who had been at the studio since 1937, replied that what he did on his own tome was none of Warner’s business. Warner ordered the director to stop making so many close-ups of the actress, an order Sherman disobeyed. Warners used that pretext to end its relationship with him. The director eventually found out that the studio exec had purposely provoked the confrontation with him because he thought Sherman was a Communist. When that turned out not to be true, Sherman was hired by the studio eight years later to do The Young Philadelphians.
  • Film debut of Janice Rule.
  • One of the first films to show a woman with a shoulder strap purse.
  • The original play starred Madeleine Caroll.
  • Dr. James Merrill and Agatha Reed recite the beginning of the poem by the American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892), “Good-Bye My Fancy,” which gave the title to this movie: “Good-bye my Fancy! / Farewell dear mate, dear love! / I’m going away, I know not where, / Or to what fortune, or whether I may ever see you again, / So Good-bye my Fancy.”

Plot: Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in… See more » |  »

Story: Congresswoman Agatha Reed returns to her alma mater for homecoming, although she's more interested in renewing her romance with an old flame who's now the college president. Their attempts at rekindling any sparks are thwarted by the arrival of another rival for her affections and the showing of her controversial film which could put her former beau's job in jeopardy.Written by Daniel Bubbeo <[email protected]>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Henry Blanke known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Joan Crawford known as Agatha Reed
  • Robert Young known as Doctor James Merrill
  • Frank Lovejoy known as Matt Cole
  • Eve Arden known as Miss 'Woody' Woods
  • Janice Rule known as Virginia Merrill
  • Lurene Tuttle known as Ellen Griswold
  • Howard St. John known as Claude Griswold
  • Viola Roache known as Miss Shackelford
  • Ellen Corby known as Miss Birdshaw
  • Morgan Farley known as Doctor Pitt
  • Virginia Gibson known as Mary Nell Dodge
  • John Qualen known as Professor Dingley
  • John Alvin known as Jack White (scenes deleted)
  • Harlan Briggs known as Janitor (scenes deleted)
  • James Griffith known as Somers (scenes deleted)
  • George Bunny known as Janitor (uncredited)
  • Mary Carver known as Joan Wintner (uncredited)
  • James Conaty known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Frank Conlan known as Frank (uncredited)
  • Charles J. Conrad known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Lucius Cook known as Congressman (uncredited)
  • Creighton Hale known as Griswolds' Butler (uncredited)
  • John Hedloe known as Telephone Man (uncredited)
  • Fred Howard known as Congressman (uncredited)
  • Frank Hyers known as Minor Role (uncredited)
  • Eddie Johnson known as Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Fred Kelsey known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Frank McFarland known as Colonel (uncredited)
  • Tom McGuire known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Bill McLean known as Russ Hughes (uncredited)
  • Jay Merrick known as G.I. (uncredited)
  • Walter Merrill known as Clay (uncredited)
  • Jack Mower known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Ann Robinson known as Clarisse Carter (uncredited)
  • Janet Stewart known as Student (uncredited)
  • Phil Tead known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Glen Turnbull known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Larry Williams known as Congressman (uncredited)
  • Isabel Withers known as Typist (uncredited)
  • Florence Wix known as Party Guest (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Gordon Bau known as makeup artist




Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures


  • Warner Bros. Pictures (1951) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • USA 19 May 1951
  • Finland 19 October 1951
  • Portugal 15 February 1952
  • France 27 February 1952
  • France 11 July 1952 (Paris)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. SHAWFAN from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    As a devoted fan of old movies which were released when I was a littleboy and in those days already an ardent film fan and moviegoer, I washighly surprised to see this film on TCM today because I had neverheard of it. But I was certainly glad to have finally caught up withit. As the plot unfolded it became obvious that this must have beenoriginally a finely crafted stage play from the way it led yousympathetically from one character to another and kept you in completesuspense as to different possible denouements for the action. In factit reminded me of some of Terrence Rattigan's finer plays. But now Isee that the play was written by the wife(?) of Garson Kanin. Ithoroughly agree with the first review that the romantic side of theplot, though very touching, was by no means all there was to it. Strongstatements on wider issues such as academic freedom, ability of bigmoney to call the educational tune, the growing up out of illusionswhich must be discarded (very Ibsen or George Bernard Shaw) all werepithily and dramatically dealt with and skillfully presented to theaudience. The side roles (especially Eve Arden) were all brilliantlyexecuted in that wise-cracking, zany style that made the plays of the1920s and 30s such favorites. And the main leads (Crawford, Young, etc)were equally outstanding in their emotional portrayals. This film wasat least 10-15 years ahead of its time. When the 1960s finally rolledaround American youth finally took the blinders off just the way Kaninand the makers of this film advocated. A brilliant and enthrallingaccomplishment. I wish we could all personally congratulate all themakers of this film of 50 years ago.

  2. bergman-6 from Los Angeles, CA
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    What plays on the surface as a "romantic triangle" film carries a stronganti-McCarthyism message. Robert Young is the once-idealistic Presidentofan exclusive Women’s College who years earlier had trysted with JoanCrawford, a Congresswoman who has made a film depicting aspects ofinjustice. Crawford wants to reunite with Young and have the film playedduring Graduation Weekend. The school’s trustees don’t want the filmshown,thinking it too "dangerous" for their students to see. The characters’arguments about democratic values play well with a modern audience, andboththe political and the romantic aspects of the plot unfold in an engrossingand entertaining manner.

  3. ivan beshkov ([email protected]) from LOS ANGELES
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    A great movie with three of my favorite movie stars: Robert Young, Eve Ardenand Joan Crawford. This movie makes no concessions whatsoever to "popular"taste. It doesn’t insult one’s intelligence. It makes a passionate plea forfree speech. Some would surely call it communist propaganda. Joan Crawfordwas however absurdly miscast as a flaming liberal politician. The real Joanwas, I think, conservative. She ended her life as the chair of Pepsi! Butsomehow she captivates. Her diction is solid, her acting measured, alwaysdignified, and her movies are darn good (she never played the Queen ofSheba, or some other "historic" nonsense). Robert Young is impeccable too,far more impressive, intelligent, than a whole host of bigger stars, but hisnon-muscular persona confines him to the parlor. I can hardly believe he wasan alcoholic.

    I thought STORM CENTER (1955) was the first free speech movie. Still, thefact remains, that STORM CENTER is more direct, powerful, dramatic anddashing. Unfortunately, the censors seems to have had the last word aboutTHAT anti-censorship film. STORM CENTER has never been shown on TV (as faras I know) and it is not available on video. Something should be done tobring back this and other forgotten classics.

  4. moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    Miscast, highly-contrived screen-adaptation of Fay Kanin's play about aU.S. Congresswoman and her devoted secretary going back to the sameall-girl college the fiery female politician was expelled from twentyyears ago. Seems the President of Administration wants to give her anhonorary degree, however the Board of Trustees are concerned over theCongresswoman's 'radical' political views–and are as yet unaware ofthe President and the Congresswoman's scandalous past together! In thelead, Joan Crawford anxiously strides up and down like a womanpossessed; the role doesn't require it, and the star's angst is asmisplaced here as is Frank Lovejoy's crass portrayal of acombat-photographer from LIFE who used to date Crawford and now wantsher back. Joan dabs at her eyes and shoos away male suitors, yet wenever know what she's doing to cause so much emotional turmoil (thisCongresswoman is all business, no fun). Eve Arden (dry as ever) andRobert Young (with overstated gray streaks in his hair) come off best,but Lurene Tuttle plays to the rafters as Joan's former roommate whosehusband just happens to be the most vocal objector on the Board. Theyoung woman who now occupies Crawford's old dorm-room happens to beYoung's daughter, who tells the Congresswoman after a chat, "I grew upa little today, thanks to you." A stilted nosegay, designed forblue-hair audiences of another era. ** from ****

  5. nomoons11 from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    I can't describe the disappointment at the ending in this film. It waslike a punch in the gut.

    I don't agree that Ms. Crawford was miscast in this. I think she did anadmirable job. My main problem is the story that we get weaves to anending that's just…stupid…i dunno…I can't think of anything elseto match how I feel.

    The basic outline is a congresswoman gets an invite to get an honorarydegree at her old college that she was expelled from. She's happy toaccept but at the same time, an old boyfriend from the war turns up 5years later as if he's still in her life. She obviously hasn't thoughta thing about him but he just happens to be a Life magazinephotographer and will be at the College to photograph the story.

    Well, she accepts the honorary degree because the love of her life isthe school president. Before they give her a degree they want to show afilm of a speech she made but one of the main trustees of the collegedoesn't like it and wants it not to be shown. In the meantime she andthe president decide to get married. She soon finds out that he's likeall college presidents in that…he bows to the alumni pressure onthings as they decide they want the film to not be shown. She doesn'tlike this because she sees that he's weak. By and by the old boyfriendkeeps throwing jibes at her any time he can to break up her idea ofhim. She decides not to marry the president and get back together withthe annoying guy who won't take no for an answer.

    This film was basically a backdrop for the communist witch hunt times.It was hot off the presses at the time this film was made. It's not ahidden plot in the film, it's disguised a bit as "free speech ineducation" but to me the whole film hinged on the 3 leads and theirpersonal issues…and she chooses the annoying guy who has nuthin butill will in mind. How does this make women look? She chooses the guythat keeps harassing her? The president makes an error in not lettingthe speech be heard…but then decides to go ahead with it and shesays…nah…but they remain friends. Gimme a break.

    It comes down to Crawfords character showed no interest in the guy sheends up with throughout the entire film. There's no lead-in anywhere toshow he would be the one she walks away with. This wasn't a bad film atall really. I just can't recommend a film with a really dumb endinglike this. Total disappointment.

  6. jjnxn-1 from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    In a part that was tailor made for Rosalind Russell but that she had topull out of at the last minute Joan Crawford gets a chance to shade herdiamond hard persona somewhat in this tale of remembered love.

    It's really a story of how we remember people and how time changesthem. The part and Joan aren't a perfect fit but she does try and doesa decent job of it. As in Mildred Pierce she and Eve Arden interactwonderfully and their few scenes have a nice snap.

    Actually Joan's casting isn't the only one that seems off. While RobertYoung is fine as the conflicted college president Frank Lovejoy iswrong as the inquisitive reporter. He was a good tough guy actor butRobert Montgomery or Clark Gable would have been more suitable, thepart is the second lead so neither would have considered it.

    Someone who is perfectly cast however is the wonderful Lurene Tuttle,as the seemingly simpleminded college chum of Joan. She is funny andtouching and steals any scene she's in with ease.

    The film does have a message about being true to your ideals but ismostly a bittersweet romance and an enjoyable one at that.

  7. vincentlynch-moonoi from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    Here a brash Congresswoman (Crawford) Agatha Reed returns to her almamater to receive an honorary degree, although her prime motive is torekindle an old romance with the college president (Robert Young). But,a reporter is after her, too (Frank Lovejoy).

    It's not the "Mommie Dearest" thing, but — particularly this late inher career — I have a difficult time seeing Joan Crawford as asentimental character, even in a romantic comedy. And, in this film,having the bossy Congresswoman teamed up with her harsh assistant (EveArden) is almost too much. And why exactly would either Robert Young orFrank Lovejoy be romantically interested in the sour puss that JoanCrawford was. And her gown at the reception…inappropriate for a womanof her age.

    The plot itself is decent. Robert Young plays his part perfectly. Andthere's an interesting subplot about freedom to teach students tothink. Well worth watching it…once.

  8. jose luis bernabe (jlbertron) from Valencia, Spain
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    I like this movie. A romantic film, but with a clear message againstMcCarthy era. Eve Arden gave a splendid performance, like she use. Is oneofmy favourite actresses. She play ,often, independent and resolute women,with a suitable reply at the right moment. I recommend to see another EveArden’s films like "Stage door", "Mildred Pierce" or "Grease".

  9. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    17 Jan 2013, 3:15 pm

    Goodbye My Fancy finds Joan Crawford taking over a role popularized byfellow film star Madeline Carroll on stage as a member of the House OfRepresentatives coming back to her former college to accept an honorarydegree. She's invited by college president and former boyfriend RobertYoung.

    There's a lot of history here and this is the only degree she'll havefrom the College Of New Hope for women located in rural New England.Back in the day apparently Crawford was a wild child, at least wild bythose standards back then. She got into a compromising situation withYoung and she took the fall by herself and got expelled for it. In theinterim Young in addition to rising to the presidency of the collegemarried a woman who died and has a daughter, Janice Rule, who is goingto be one of the graduates at the ceremony Crawford gets her degree.

    Crawford went into journalism and then politics. She's combining thetwo at this point having produced a documentary about the currentsocial problems of Europe and how Fascism by curtailing free speechcontributed mightily to them. She's hoping to show the film while she'sat the college.

    Her opponent in this endeavor is the chairman of the board Howard St.John who also happens to be now married to Crawford's former roommateLurene Tuttle. He's got the part that actors like Eugene Palette andCharles Dingle normally were cast in, the arrogant, self righteousright wing blowhard who thinks he ought to be controlling theeducational process. Not that he's against free speech mind you, but hefeels that kids should not be exposed to this kind of serious work. Hein fact donated the campus movie theater and he'd like for them to showentertainment that he approves of, such as his favoritesAbbott&Costello.

    Young's dependent on St. John's good will for his job. But one whoisn't and is also a rival for Crawford is Frank Lovejoy, a Time&Lifewar photographer who is covering this event. He'll expose Young'stimidity if for no other reason than to shame him in front of Joan.

    Goodbye My Fancy was written by Fay Kanin and ran for 446 performanceson Broadway during the 1948-49 season and was directed by Sam Wanamakerwho also played the Frank Lovejoy part. The college president wasplayed by another former movie name, Conrad Nagel.

    The play took home a Tony Award for Shirley Booth who played Crawford'sCongressional aide and has some really funny Eve Arden type lines. Whenthe film came out the Eve Arden part was played by Eve Arden.

    The play draws heavily on themes expressed in James Thurber's The MaleAnimal. If anything it's more serious here because whereas in The MaleAnimal, trustee Eugene Palette objected to the content in readingNicolo Sacco's letter in class, St. John just objects to the idea ofmaterial that is mind challenging in the classroom in general. Whatdoes this imbecile think they're going to college for. In fact there'sa minor role played by Morgan Farley as a physics professor who isintending to leave the college because of the limits he's being putunder and Farley plays it well.

    Coming out as it did during the House Un-American Activities Committeedays and after Joe McCarthy started finding Communists in all kinds ofplaces, Goodbye My Fancy was quite the courageous project for WarnerBrothers at the time. It's a timeless tribute to the value of freespeech and the marketplace of ideas that a university is supposed tobe.

    This is a film that I think needs a remake. Can you see some trustee ona university today throwing his weight around and maybe filling thecampus cinema with reruns of Saturday Night Live in order that studentsnot concentrate on serious issues?

    I think it could be done.

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