Goodbye Girls, Happy Anniversary! Premiered March 11, 1923

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Survival status of Goodbye Girls is unknown according to Silent Era.com There is little information extant on the movie, just tidbits are available; the Daily Star of Fredericksburg, VA announced that the film would be shown on Saturday, January 5, 1924; Thursday, May 29, 1924 the local newspaper in Reading, PA, had an announcement regarding the showing of Goodbye Girls for Saturday, May 31, 1924[i]. And the movie was scheduled for August 8, 1923 in St. Petersburg, Florida,[ii] while the film was set for just one night in Seattle, Washington, on August 14, 1923.[iii]

Goodbye Girls was directed by Jerome Storm, cinematography by Joseph H. August; starring William Russell and Carmel Myers…

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Side note: It seems that the misspelling bug has attacked both TCM and Silent Era, both websites have the film listed as: Good-By Girls; which appears to mean that both TCM and Silent Era (each do great work) used the same source material for their notes; maybe a third has used the same source, that being Aubrey Solomon in his history of The Fox Film Corporation.[iv] Yet, the Film Daily, in their “Current Releases” section, in five editions has the film listed as Good-Bye Girls.[v] All newspapers with coming attractions list the movie as either Goodbye Girls or Good-Bye Girls, only in Mr. Robert E. Sherwood’s book (The Best Moving Pictures of 1922-1923) is the production referred to as Good-By Girls;  saving, an ad from the Nevada Daily Mail, dated Saturday, May 26, 1923. By the way, whoever did the research for TCM and Silent Era missed the fact that within the same book Mr. Sherwood spells the title of the movie (film-resume of director Jerome Storm), Good-Bye Girls.[vi] Adding to the confusion, stills from the film have the spelling of Good-By, Girls[vii].


[i] The Reading Eagle, Thursday, May 29, 1924

[ii] St. Petersburg Times, Wednesday, August 8, 1923 (oddly enough, the paper could not make up its mind on spelling, for within one notice, the movie’s title was spelled… Good-Bye Girls and Good-by, Girls; no wonder at the modern confusion as to the films’ proper spelling)

[iii] West Seattle Herald, August 10, 1923

[iv] The Best Moving Pictures of 1922-1923, Also Who’s Who in the Movies and the Yearbook of the American Screen, by Robert E. Sherwood, Small, Maynard & Company, 1923, page 168 / The Fox Film Corporation, 1915-1935: A History and Filmography, by Aubrey Solomon, McFarland, 2011, page 282

[v] The Film Daily, March 18, April 8, May 13, May 20 and May 27, 1923.

[vi] The Best Moving Pictures of 1922-1923, Also Who’s Who in the Movies and the Yearbook of the American Screen, by Robert E. Sherwood, Small, Maynard & Company, 1923, page 329

[vii] I have only seen one studio still and the access to it is private.

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