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½ December 30, 2014
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.
½ October 5, 2013
another 'gidget' knock off
Super Reviewer
½ December 17, 2012
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.
½ January 28, 2010
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".
October 3, 2008
great fun movie can you hear the beat....
March 10, 2008
This was like a 60's sitcom all-star show. I didn't care for the scenes with the dog, and I dozed off during a dance number or two, but overall it was a cute story.
½ March 10, 2008
Don't know why I even attempted to watch this crap.
September 22, 2007
This flick is almost a pre-second wave take on equality in sports. Almost. Instead it quickly becomes a semi-musical about love, small town politics and girls who are best just being girls.

Patty Duke stars as the speedy title character who excels in track because of the musical beat in her head. Duke seems to have retained none of the talent she so clearly had in 'The Miracle Worker' in her over-eager, peppy and annoying performance. She is a sub-par singer forced to sing, a sub-par dancer forced to dance and the scenes of her running track are ridiculously unbelievable.

I really wanted this movie to not second guess its themes in the end, but like most ground-breaking 60's cinema, it quickly backpedals and leaves the audience feeling like nothing has really changed since the 50's.

A frustrating film.
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