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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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Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen ...
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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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Au revoir Charlie  »

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

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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 care house on the table. As he is talking she is shown setting 2 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

George Wellington Tracy: You want to go to Leo's party - the man who killed you?
Virginia Mason: Live and let live!
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Remade as Switch (1991) See more »

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Seven at Once
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
Sung by Jerry Wallace
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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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