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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 18 November 1964 (USA)
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 »

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George Tracy
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Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason
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Bruce Minton III
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Janie Highland
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Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
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Rusty Sartori
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Morton Craft
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Inspector Frank McGill (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden ...
Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen ...
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Patron
Michael Jackson ...
Anthony Eustrel ...
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Donna Michelle ...
Woman Doing the Twist on Yacht
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Sir Leopold Sartori
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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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18 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Au revoir Charlie  »

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Trivia

Originally intended as a vehicle for Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Stuart Whitman. See more »

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In one shot when Laura Devon is racing over to Malibu in the vintage Rolls Royce, the film has been printed in reverse. The car's license number is shown backwards. See more »

Quotes

George Wellington Tracy: What-what-what's your name?
Virginia Mason: Virginia Mason.
George Wellington Tracy: Where do you live?
Virginia Mason: About a half-mile down the beach.
George Wellington Tracy: How long have you lived there?
Virginia Mason: About eight years since my parents bought the place. Their names are Ralph and Helen Mason. Say, you alright?
George Wellington Tracy: Could-could I ask you a question? Uh, you are a girl, aren't you? I mean you've always been a girl, never anything but a girl?
Virginia Mason: [Amused. Raises her right hand] Hmm. I swear it.
George Wellington Tracy: Thanks.
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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Seven at Once
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
Sung by Jerry Wallace
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Talk about love-hate relationships!
30 April 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Boy oh boy...do the opinions differ about this one! As a diehard Minnelli fan I went to see this one when it was first released. Even then I forgave its jerry-built comic premise and tried to enjoy it as I had some of Vincente's earlier assignments at M-G-M. But it really was quite labored and, for its day, a bit on the smutty side. Hard to believe that the devilishly clever George Axelrod had a hand in this script.

Minnelli, as usual, insisted upon giving it the maximum possible visual gloss. An acquaintance of mine who worked on the art direction/production design team assigned by 20th-Century Fox to this project revealed that when Minnelli first came to the studio to review some planned sets and storyboards, he threw them out and insisted that everyone give it another, better try. The final result, along with Helen Rose's chic women's wardrobe (a Minnelli ally from M-G-M, and, probably, brought to Twentieth with Debbie's enthusiastic approval), and Milton Krasner's slick CinemaScope/DeLuxe Color cinematography, is a good example of studio product that was becoming increasingly out-of-touch with the emerging tastes of audiences looking for somewhat less glossy entertainments. Andre Previn's title song, with lyrics by his then-wife, Dory Langdon, aptly underscored the somewhat off-color proceedings. The VHS video is, no doubt, "formatted," so, once again, I warn all comers: "Don't bother!"


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