A 16-year-old tomboy and high school athlete finds herself caught between being beating boys at sports and having a boyfriend, while her conservative father opposes women's rights in his campaign for mayor.

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Howard G. Carol
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Agnes Carol
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Mike Benson
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Mayor Charlie Davis
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Coach Jones
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Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Hayes ...
Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
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Bob Matthews
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Eddie Davis
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Ray Case, Reporter
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Ted Chekas
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Doctor Hall
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Nurse Webb
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Fifteen year old tomboy Billie Carol, the younger of two daughters of Harding mayoral candidate Howard G. Carol and his wife Agnes Carol, is naturally athletic. She attributes her speed to being able to hear what she calls "the beat": music she hears in her head, speeding up that music which makes her go faster in whatever activity. She catches the eye of her high school's track and field coach, the school which only has a boys' track and field team which she is asked to join. Her father encourages her to do so despite he having recently made a campaign speech to a group of young women on his stance that women should not compete with men. This dichotomy causes a problem in his campaign. Another potential problem in the campaign is some unknown information about his older daughter, twenty year old Jean, who is home from school and who he still sees as his little girl. Billie, on the other hand, is often viewed by Howard as the son he never had, which often causes problems in his ... Written by Huggo

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Billie's Got the Beat!


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13 December 1965 (UK)  »

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Film debut of Donna McKechnie. See more »

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Coach Jones: I haven't found the teenager yet I couldn't take in a fair but dirty street fight.
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Version of The Comedy Spot: Time Out for Ginger (1962) See more »

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Funny Little Butterflies
Written by Bernice Ross, Lor Crane and Jack Gold
Performed by Patty Duke
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beat the level
21 January 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This lighthearted comedy casts Patty Duke as a teenage girl who's really into athletics, much to the chagrin of her political office-bound father (Jim Backus). It's a little surprising that a pre-feminist movie was allowed to depict a girl who bests the boys at sports, but "Billie" does just that. The movie actually doesn't have much in the way of plain old comedy; it's more about how the daughter's ambition - coupled with the news about the older daughter (Susan Seaforth) - forces the family to reconsider their place in society. It's a fun romp, but nothing particularly special. Nonetheless, I really liked those scenes of Patty Duke dancing.

As for the cast, one could describe it thusly: Helen Keller meets Thurston Howell meets the second Darrin (Dick Sargent) meets Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon) meets one of the primary character actors (Charles Lane). I don't know if Jane Greer had a most famous role.


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