Charming teen musical from 1965, just before the era got very serious. Patty Duke is an offbeat choice for Billie Carol, the heroine of Ronald Alexander's suburban tomboy classic. Her haired dyed blonde (it's not a wig) and squeezed into shorty-shorts, she's cute and sympathetic as a young girl becoming a woman, trying to balance athletic interests with first romance. The rest of the cast is an agreeable who's who of TV sitcoms of the era, all sharing screen time with lovely Jane Greer of film noir fame as Billie's mom. Some spirited dance numbers by Broadway pros add zest, as does the Technicolor/Panavision cinematography. Earnest as always, Patty puts heart and soul into a few sweet songs, and actually had a side career as a pop singer during this period. BILLIE was a UA movie, now owned by MGM and Ms. Duke herself, together with producer Peter Lawford's heirs. Note: the pictured DVD is a pan-and-scan version.. Proper widescreen versions of BILLIE can be downloaded or caught on TCM every now and again.