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Goodbye Charlie
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Director:
Writers:
George Axelrod (play)
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 November 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They don't make girls like "Charlie" anymore -- they never did!
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Bad Karma for Charlie Sorel See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... George Wellington Tracy

Debbie Reynolds ... The Reincarnated Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason

Pat Boone ... Bruce Minton, the 3rd

Joanna Barnes ... Janie Highland

Ellen Burstyn ... Franny Salzman (as Ellen McRae)
Laura Devon ... Rusty Sartori

Martin Gabel ... Morton Craft

Roger C. Carmel ... Inspector (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden ... Charles Sorel
Myrna Hansen ... Starlet

Michael Romanoff ... Patron
Michael Jackson ... Himself
Anthony Eustrel ... Butler (as Antony Eustrel)
Donna Michelle ... Guest on Yacht

Walter Matthau ... Sir Leopold Sartori
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Brolin ... Man Doing the Twist on Yacht (uncredited)
Jerry Dunphy ... T.V. Newscaster (uncredited)
Sydney Guilaroff ... Hairdresser at Beauty Salon (uncredited)
Rudy Hansen ... German in Bistro (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Elegant Bistro Customer (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ed Wermer ... German in Bistro (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
George Axelrod (play)

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)

Produced by
David Weisbart .... producer
 
Original Music by
André Previn  (as Andre Previn)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
John W. Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... supervising hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss Reynolds
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Christine Widmeyer .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
George J. Light .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Stubbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jerome Graham .... props (uncredited)
Richard Neblett .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Richard Overton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Wells .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Jerry Catron .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Romito .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Baerthlin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth Lang .... gaffer (uncredited)
Alfred Lebovitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Richter .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Truman Eli .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Willie Mae Neal .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Michael Tierney .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leland Hayward .... stage producer
Mollie Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Lew Tate .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #20731)

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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:
Factual errors: Vincente Minnelli is credited as "Vincente Minelli"See more »
Quotes:
Rusty Sartori:All that screaming in five different languages - four of which I couldn't even understand!See more »
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FAQ

Marilyn Monroe & James Garner---Were They Suppose to Star in "Charlie"?
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Bad Karma for Charlie Sorel, 10 October 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm still wondering why Lauren Bacall who played the title role of Goodbye Charlie on Broadway was not cast in the film. The story concerns a man who was both shot and drowned at sea, one Charlie Sorel who comes back as a woman and starts haunting the people she knew in her former life as a he. Bacall's voice in the lower registers as it were probably added a dimension to the performance on stage that could never be appreciated by the screen audience.

Charlie was a real cad in life and now coming back as a the beautiful Debbie Reynolds is truly some bad karma coming home to roost. The only one who knows the secret is best friend and fellow writer Tony Curtis who flew in from Biarritz to both be executor of an estate in debt and to preside over a sparsely attended memorial service.

In her recent memoir Debbie Reynolds who had worked with Tony Curtis in The Rat Race and had no problems said that Curtis had now taken the side of buddy Eddie Fisher in the breakup of the Fisher/Reynolds wedding. He quoted Eddie and said that she was obviously a lesbian as Fisher's manly charms she eventually found resistible. That set the tone for their relationship off screen.

On the other hand Curtis in his memoirs talked about director Vincente Minnelli whom he found super meticulous in his work. Sad to say that Goodbye Charlie though it has some good moments will never be ranked as one of the great films for Curtis, Reynolds, or Minnelli.

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