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House Calls (1978)

Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife. He embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Zieff

Writers:

Max Shulman (screenplay), Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Dr. Charley Nichols
Glenda Jackson ... Ann Atkinson
Art Carney ... Dr. Amos Willoughby
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Norman Solomon
Candice Azzara ... Ellen Grady
Dick O'Neill ... Irwin Owett
Thayer David ... Phil Pogostin
Anthony Holland ... TV moderator
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Mrs. de Voto
Sandra Kerns ... Lani Mason
Brad Dexter ... Quinn
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Mrs. Conway
Lloyd Gough ... Harry Grady
Gordon Jump ... Dr. O'Brien
William J. Fiore William J. Fiore ... Dr. Sloan
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Storyline

Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife. He embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age, who immediately and unexpectedly captures his heart. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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More than a touch of comedy. Just what the doctor ordered.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegrías de un viudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,460,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,460,702
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is the first of two star teamings of Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson who starred together again in Hopscotch (1980), due to the success of this film which spun-off a television sitcom. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charley Nichols: [On a date] You have a very infectious laugh.
Lani Mason: Don't worry that's the only thing about me that is!
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Alternate Versions

The new Focus (Universal Home Video) DVD also has the same re scored version as the laser disc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cotton Candy (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

On the sunny side of the street
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Frankie Laine
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If you're under 40, wait until you're older
13 July 2007 | by ekebySee all my reviews

It's a shame House Calls isn't better known. Is it perhaps because the romantic leads are middle-aged, shopworn, and gun-shy, rather than oversexed teen-stars? Could be. If you're over 35, you'll probably get this comedy. If you're over 45, you're really going to get this comedy. If you're 25, wait until you're older to see it.

The unlikely pairing of Matthau and Jackson works precisely because it is so unlikely. There's a wonderful line of Matthau's that sums up what is happening between the two of them--"I like old broads because you don't have to explain who Ronald Colman is." (If that's not the exact line, it's close...)

The premise of a sub-par hospital run by incompetents rings true. Art Carney's portrayal of a senile head surgeon is absolutely brilliant. It is impossible not to laugh out loud at his delivery. Subplots, if you can call them that, are fun too, like the one with Jackson's teenage son and Matthau. Everything hits just exactly the right tone.

Okay, there's the bit where Matthau has to wear women's clothing that's a bit over-the-top and an easy mark. But, still--it's Walter Matthau in drag! It's funny!


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