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Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 27 September 1972
A recently widowed research doctor is convinced by a colleague to join him in an inner-city clinic.


Jud Taylor


Sandor Stern


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hayward ... Dr. Maggie Cole
Darren McGavin ... Dr. Lou Grazzo
Michael Constantine ... Dr. Sweeney
Michele Nichols Michele Nichols ... Lisa Downey
Dane Clark ... Hank Cooper
Beverly Garland ... Myrna Anderson
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Downey
Maidie Norman ... Nurse Ferguson
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Ben Cole
Frank Puglia ... Mr. Alissandro
Harry Basch ... Isadore Glass
Leigh Adams Leigh Adams ... Night Nurse #1
Jan Peters Jan Peters ... Ivan Dvorsky
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Brig
Richard Carlyle ... Mr. Anderson
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A recently widowed research doctor is convinced by a colleague to join him in an inner-city clinic.

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Susan Hayward's last film. See more »


Although set in Chicago, when Lisa and Maggie are walking to the boarding house, you can see the top of a palm tree in the background. See more »


Learn to Say Goodbye
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Lyrics by Bradford Craig
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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A glimpse at what was not to be
19 February 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

As the other reviewers have noted this was the end of the line for Susan as she was felled soon after the completion of this by brain cancer. What's left for us is a glimpse of what the future may have held for her had illness not ended her life.

This was meant to be a pilot for a weekly series and scored high ratings on its debut so would have gone on to be a fixture of that fall's schedule. Unlike other stars of her era who had moved on to television this is no glamour undertaking set against mansions and drowning in jewels and furs, she is a doctor, recently widowed working in a slum clinic where her natural toughness could be put to effective use. There are concessions to her star status, look for the scene where the colors of the room match her hair and wardrobe, but overall the film tries to be at least somewhat realistic and Susan gives an assured committed performance. She also is well matched with Darren McGavin with his gruff demeanor their sparring matches are a pleasure to watch.

Also of note is Jeanette Nolan in a smallish part as the grandmother of a girl Susan has befriended. She takes her big moment and makes it absolutely heartbreaking with the simplicity with which she plays it.

An excellent example of when network TV movies were worth watching this is unfortunately only available on VHS and will probably never see the light of day on DVD unless it either becomes part of a collection of Susan Hayward films or a print on demand title so catch it if you ever have the chance.

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27 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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