Hello-Goodbye (1970 film)

Hello-Goodbye is a 1970 British comedy film starring Michael Crawford, and was the final film directed by Jean Negulesco.[2]

Directed byJean Negulesco
Produced byAndré Hakim
Written byRoger Marshall
Based onstory by Darryl Zanuck (as "Mark Canfield")
StarringMichael Crawford
Genevieve Gilles
Curd Jürgens
Music byFrancis Lai
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Edited byRichard Bryan
Darryl F. Zanuck Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
12 July 1970 (1970-07-12)
Running time
107 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$4.4 million[1]


Harry England (Michael Crawford), a British car salesman on a trip to France, meets a Baroness "Danny" (Genevieve Gilles) when her Rolls-Royce breaks down. They spend a few days together and become lovers before she disappears one night, but Harry does not know her surname.

The Baron (Curd Jürgens) then hires Harry to teach his teenage son about cars on their country estate. Harry encounters the Baroness again and their affair continues. Harry falls in love and asks the Baroness to leave the Baron, who has taken up with a lady of his own.



Darryl F. Zanuck had a long history of trying to turn his European mistresses into film stars - he had previously done this with Bella Darvi, Juliette Greco and Irma. Hello Goodbye was created as a vehicle for his latest girlfriend Genevieve Gilles. It was the first production Zanuck personally supervised since The Longest Day (1962). [4]

Filming started on the French Riviera under the direction of Ronald Neame. He quit the film after a few weeks due to disagreements with Zanunck. He was replaced by Jean Negulesco who only did the movie as a favor to Zanuck.[5]

Box Office

According to Fox records, the film required $7,225,000 in rentals to break even. It failed to do so; by 11 December 1970, the film had only made $2,335,000.[6]


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
  2. HELLO-GOODBYE Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 37, Iss. 432, (Jan 1, 1970): 187.
  3. The film credits refer to her as "Ira Furstenberg".
  4. Darryl F. Zanuck in Paris---the Last Film Tycoon Blume, Mary. Los Angeles Times 7 Dec 1969: c36.
  5. Capua, Michelangelo (2017). Jean Negulesco: The Life and Films. McFarland. p. 127.
  6. Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 329.

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