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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

George Axelrod (play), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... George Tracy
Debbie Reynolds ... Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason
Pat Boone ... Bruce Minton III
Joanna Barnes ... Janie Highland
Walter Matthau ... Sir Leopold Sartori
Ellen Burstyn ... Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
Laura Devon ... Rusty Sartori
Martin Gabel ... Morton Craft
Roger C. Carmel ... Inspector Frank McGill (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden Harry Madden ... Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Starlet
Michael Romanoff ... Restaurant Patron
Michael Jackson ... Michael Jackson
Anthony Eustrel ... Butler (as Antony Eustrel)
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Woman Doing the Twist on Yacht
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Storyline

Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They don't make girls like "Charlie" anymore -- they never did!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1964 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Au revoir Charlie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Venice Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Goodbye Charlie" by George Axelrod opened at the Lyceum Theater on December 16, 1959 and ran for 109 performances starring Lauren Bacall. See more »

Goofs

When George starts telling Charlie about his idea of going to Switzerland for a sex-change operation, she picks up some cards and starts constructing a card house on the table. As he is talking she is shown setting two cards on the three cards she has already formed a triangle with. It must have been taped together for the shot because it all moves as one piece when she bumps it. See more »

Quotes

Sir Leopold Sartori: Turn down the air conditioning in the bowling alley.
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Connections

Referenced in Bewitched: Follow That Witch: Part 1 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodbye Charlie
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
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Charlie was a jerk as a man...and just as big a jerk as a woman!
31 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, a notorious womanizer, Charlie, is caught with another man's wife and is shot to death. Soon there's a funeral and his friend, George (Tony Curtis) arrives to do the eulogy. However, almost no one shows up...because Charlie spent his life using people, not paying debts and bedding any woman who fell for his spiel. Good riddance seems to be the mood of the day.

Soon there's a knock on the door to Charlie's home and since George is the executor, he answers. A young man (Pat Boone) is there with a naked woman in a blanket. He isn't sure who she is but she gave this address but was otherwise delirious. When she later awakens, it becomes obvious that this IS Charlie--reincarnated as a woman (Debbie Reynolds). At first, it's pretty obvious that Charlie had nothing but contempt for women and hates his new body. However, soon an interesting change comes over him. Perhaps he can use and take advantage of people BETTER as a woman and Charlie begins using her wiles to get ahead in life. She shamelessly flirts and blackmails some of the rich married women Charlie used to sleep with in his male days. Why George hangs out with Charlie throughout much of the film is odd, as George doesn't seem like a total jerk. Charlie, on the other hand, is gosh-darn awful both as a man and as a woman.

So what you have is a racy 60s sex comedy...minus the sex. The idea is pretty cute, original and I generally enjoyed the movie. However, I did think the film went on a bit too long and the picture lost a bit of its momentum as a result. For the first half, I'd give this one a 7 or 8...for the final half, a 4 or 5.

By the way, Walter Matthau's accent was just awful and I assume he must have been really embarrassed by this performance.


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