Goodbye, My Fancy

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Goodbye, My Fancy
GoodbyeMyFancy.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed byVincent Sherman
Produced byHenry Blanke
Screenplay byIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
Based onGoodbye, My Fancy: A Comedy in Three Acts 
by Fay Kanin
StarringJoan Crawford
Robert Young
Frank Lovejoy
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Editing byRudi Fehr
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 30, 1951 (1951-05-30) (United States)
Running time107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.3 million (US)[1]
 
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Goodbye, My Fancy
GoodbyeMyFancy.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed byVincent Sherman
Produced byHenry Blanke
Screenplay byIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
Based onGoodbye, My Fancy: A Comedy in Three Acts 
by Fay Kanin
StarringJoan Crawford
Robert Young
Frank Lovejoy
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Editing byRudi Fehr
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 30, 1951 (1951-05-30) (United States)
Running time107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$1.3 million (US)[1]

Goodbye, My Fancy is a 1951 American romantic comedy film starring Joan Crawford, Robert Young, and Frank Lovejoy in a light tale about a woman and her old flame. Distributed by Warner Bros., the film was based on the 1948 play of same name by Fay Kanin and adapted for the screen by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The film was directed by Vincent Sherman and produced by Henry Blanke. Goodbye, My Fancy was the third and last cinematic collaboration between Sherman and Crawford. The first two were Harriet Craig (1950) and The Damned Don't Cry! (1950).

Plot and cast[edit]

U.S. Representative Agatha Reed (Crawford) returns to her alma mater to receive an honorary degree. Reed was expelled from the school years earlier for participating in an all-night date with young professor, Dr. James Merrill (Young), now the university president. The romantic fires are rekindled when the two meet. Matt Cole (Lovejoy), a photographer who loves Reed, believes her feeling for Merrill is simply an unresolved hold-over from her girlhood and follows her to the school.

A subplot involves Reed embroiled in a university matter over progressive teaching methods with Dr. Pitt (Morgan Farley), trustee Claude Griswold (Howard St. John) and his wife Ellen Griswold (Lurene Tuttle). After a series of misunderstandings, Reed realizes she belongs with Cole and should put away her romantic fancies of Merrill. Other players in the film include Eve Arden, Janice Rule, and Ellen Corby.

Reception[edit]

Variety commented, "Performances are very slick, under Vincent Sherman's direction. Miss Crawford...sustains the romantic, middle-aged congresswoman with a light touch that is excellent," while Bosley Crowther in The New York Times generally panned the film, writing, "Miss Crawford's errant congresswoman is as aloof and imposing as the capital dome.".[2]

DVD release[edit]

Goodbye, My Fancy was released on Region 1 DVD on March 23, 2009 from the online Warner Bros. Archive Collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.

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