Never Say Goodbye – 1956 – English
Film directed in 1956 by Jerry Hopper and Douglas Sirk, and starring Rock Hudson, Cornell Borchers, George Sanders, Shelley Fabares, Ray Collins, David Janssen, Helen Wallace, John Wengraf, Jerry Paris, Clint Eastwood…
Synopsis: Dr. Michael Parker (Rock Hudson) is a prominent surgeon, who unexpectedly runs into his German-born wife Lisa (Cornell Borchers), who he thought was dead. Victor (George Sanders), an artist (and his “dead” wife’s now boyfriend), berate Dr. Parker for killing her. This story is told in flashback to Austria during World War II as we learn how Dr. Parker met and married his wife, and the one mistake which may have cost him his family.
Review: Never Say Goodbye isn’t high drama but appeals more to one’s tender side and family life values. The doctor Michael (Rock Hudson) finds romance with Lisa, an entertainer (Cornell Borchers) while in Europe; they wed and in time a daughter becomes a part of their life too.
But his streak of jealousy gets the upper hand when he thinks she is secretly meeting another man. It causes havoc and estrangement for them in the years ahead and much needs to be set aright again, especially for the little girl who in all this time of separation is deprived of a mother.
George Sanders as Victor, has a typical role of being the outsider, almost the observer. Here he’s an artist, a devoted confidante of Lisa, and cares for her well-being as years pass.
For fans of Rock Hudson this is a fine movie from his heyday of being a top Hollywood heart throb.