Billie (1965)





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A tomboy is torn between her desire to achieve in sports and her longing for a traditionally feminine social life. This comedy, based on Roland Alexander's stage play Time Out For Ginger, is notably of its time in regards to its attitude towards gender issues.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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United Artists

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Patty Duke
as Billie Carol
Jim Backus
as Howard G. Carol
Jane Greer
as Agnes Carol
Warren Berlinger
as Mike Benson
Billy De Wolfe
as Mayor Davis
Charles Lane
as Coach Jones
Dick Sargent
as Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Hayes
as Jean Matthews
Ted Bessel
as Bob Matthews
Ted Bessell
as Bob Matthews
Richard Deacon
as Principal Wilson
Bobby Diamond
as Eddie Davis
Michael Fox
as Ray Case
Clive Clerk
as Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde
as Dr. Hall
Jean MacRae
as Nurse Webb
Allan Grant
as Himself
Georgia Simmons
as Mrs. Hosenwacker
Arline Anderson
as Mrs. Clifton
Layte Bowden
as Miss Channing
Matty Jordan
as Reporter
Shirley J. Shawn
as Mrs. Harper
Maria Lennard
as Adele Colin
Breena Howard
as Mary Jensen
Mark Elwes
as Birkinshaw
Craig W. Chudy
as Starter
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September 23, 2005
International Press Academy

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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.

gary gerani
gary gerani

Very much a product of its time this is a simple little comedy that feels like a Disney movie even though made for MGM. Patty Duke is an actress of almost limitless acting ability but having her sing, not among her gifts, was a mistake and the blonde wig she wears is a horror.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This was a cute story about a tom boy coming of age. I love Patty Duke, but this wasn't her strongest role. The writing was sub par, and the camera editing very poor at times, but I thought she did more with the role than anyone else probably could have. She also had her singing debut, which had a particularly touching scene of her singing "Butterflies".

Jakki Jelene
Jakki Jelene

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