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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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Rusty Sartori
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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

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

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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Remade as Mr Ya Miss (2005) See more »

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Goodbye Charlie
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
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Another Guilty Pleasure from the 60's
17 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

GOODBYE CHARLIE was a slightly smarmy but very funny comedy from the 60's that I grew up with. This was the story of a womanizing cad named Charlie Sorel, who one night is partying on a yacht and romances a married woman. He is caught by her husband who shoots Charlie, who falls overboard into the ocean. Charlie's body is not immediately located but a memorial service is held, attended by his best friend George (Tony Curtis) and dozens of women Charlie romanced over the years. A couple of days later a woman (Debbie Reynolds) is found naked on the beach outside of Charlie's apartment, where George is sorting out Charlie's things. We soon learn that this woman is a female reincarnation of Charlie Sorel, apparently God's ironic way of punishing Charlie for the dreadful way he treated women all his life. Charlie initially freaks out at the idea of being a woman but soon shows he hasn't learned a thing and reverts to the old Charlie even though he is a woman now. I was just a kid when this film first hit theaters but I still thought it was pretty funny. Reynolds and Curtis are energetic in the lead roles and are well-supported by Walter Matthau as the guy who shot Charlie, Pat Boone as a schnook who found and falls in love with the reincarnated Charlie and Joanna Barnes and Ellen MacRae as two of the women in old Charlie's life. BTW, Ellen MacRae later changed her name to Ellen Burstyn. It's no cinematic masterpiece, but it will make you laugh. Remade many years later as SWITCH.


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