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Goodbye Again (1933)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 9 September 1933 (USA)
Flirtatious mix-ups abound when a celebrated novelist tangles with an old flame and her irate husband in Cleveland. Will his savvy secretary save his neck if she is secretly in love with him also?

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

George Haight (play), Allan Scott (play) (as Alan Scott) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Kenneth Bixby
Joan Blondell ... Anne Rogers
Genevieve Tobin ... Julie Wilson
Hugh Herbert ... Harvey Wilson
Wallace Ford ... Arthur Westlake
Helen Chandler ... Elizabeth Clochessy
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Mr. Clayton
Ray Cooke ... Richview Hotel Bellboy
Jay Ward Jay Ward ... Theodore Clayton
Ruth Donnelly ... Richview Hotel Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Hotel Manager (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Famed author Kenneth Bixby is on a tour of the US with his assistant Anne Rogers to promote his latest novel, Miriam. Their lives get more complicated while in Cleveland when Ken receives a visit from an old flame, the former Julie Clochessy now married Julie Wilson, the two who have not seen each other in years since their college days. Julie is still infatuated with Ken, especially as she is sure that she is the inspiration for the tragic heroine, Miriam. Julie feels she has to see Ken in light of that and the promise they made to each other in college that they would someday get married, which is more difficult now that she is Mrs. Harvey Wilson. Harvey too is aware of his wife's infatuation as she constantly criticizes him by saying "Kenneth Bixby wouldn't do that", and as such he wants to meet the competition. Also aware of Julie's infatuation are Julie's sister, Elizabeth Clochessy, and Elizabeth's lawyer, Arthur Westlake, who speak to Anne about a scheme to keep Ken totally ... Written by Huggo

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THE LAUGH RIOT OF THE YEAR! (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salvo Pelo Gongo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play "Goodbye Again" by Allan Scott and George Haight opened in New York at the Theatre Masque on 28 December 1932 and ran until July 1933 for 216 performances. See more »

Quotes

Richview Hotel Maid: Is he ill?
Anne Rogers, Bixby's Secretary: No, he's nuts!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of a man and woman embracing. See more »

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Referenced in Upper World (1934) See more »

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Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kittredge
Sung a cappella by Warren William while in the closet
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If you love screwball, you'll love this--sublime!
21 June 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Goodbye Again (1933)

A rollicking, smartly written, snappily acted comedy farce. Yes, I loved it.

Joan Blondell is the famous leading woman here, but it is really the witty, sharp performance by Warren William that lifts this great comedy to a true high. Add the very canny direction by none other than Michael Curtiz and you can see why this is a must see. You might even call this a screwball comedy, though coming a year before screwball's more official inception with "It Happened One Night."

The first real scene here might lead you to think it was going to be one kind of comedy, filled with subtle playacting and a kind of mismatched couple sparring. Hugh Herbert is a quirky character actor at his subtle best here, with mannerisms that surprise every time I see him, and he plays the bewildered husband perfectly. His wife, played well by Genevieve Tobin, is a ditzy but not stupid woman with a crush on an old flame who is now a famous author.

But wait for the real wit and cleverness to begin when this very author (Warren William) comes to town and she goes to seduce him. William is a perfect cad. He's without scruples, which makes you love him even if you might (might) disagree with his actions. (No one is ever actually hurt in these matters.) Blondell plays his secretary, supremely capable and devoted and yet independent. You suspect they should be the real couple in the movie, but they aren't.

Things only compound and get more zany with each scene, ending with exactly the fast, laugh out loud conclusion you kind of wanted all along. This is true pre-Code comedy, with adultery barely veiled (or not veiled at all if you're awake), and with no required justice for "crimes" committed along the way. Which makes it all terribly fun and funny and just slightly naughty. For all these reasons this is a movie not to miss.


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