Billie (1965)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard G. Carol
Agnes Carol
Warren Berlinger ...
Mike Benson
Mayor Charlie Davis
Coach Jones
Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Hayes ...
Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
Bob Matthews
Principal Arnold Wilson
Bobby Diamond ...
Eddie Davis
Michael Fox ...
Ray Case, Reporter
Clive Clerk ...
Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde ...
Doctor Hall
Jean MacRae ...
Nurse Webb


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)  »

Also Known As:

Ginger  »

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Donna McKechnie. See more »


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 »


Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Diane Lampert
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a Light, Pleasant Comedy
17 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Billie" was filmed during the hiatus between the second and third seasons of "The Patty Duke Show." This "Tomboy" comedy was based on a play, "Time Out For Ginger" which was filmed as a 1962 pilot starring Candy Moore, who would play Lucy's daughter in the early seasons of "The Lucy Show." This film, with it's innocent storyline about a teenage girl who can outrun any boy in the school could never be made today. Our jaded sensibilities would cry out "lesbian subtext" at the scenes where Billie, at an awkward stage, would wish she were a boy. A sentiment shared by her chauvinist father, played by Jim Backus. The cast is peppered with many familiar faces from 1960s TV, including Ted Bessell, Richard Deacon, Charles Lane, Dick Sargent and Billy De Wolfe. At this stage in Miss Duke's career the powers that be decided that she was to be a singing teen idol. She had a high-ranking song hit with "Don't Just Stand There" a few months before this film was released. Ms. Duke can't really sing. However, listening to her, there is something compelling in hearing her TRY. She is really doing her best, giving her small all to the pleasant, if dated songs in the picture. One more thing to mention in this film is the appearance of the marvelous Jane Greer as Billie's mother. The famous film-noir actress has some really good lines in this film, and she plays well with old-pro Jim Backus as her husband. It must have been a great temptation for the producers, the same ones who produced "The Patty Duke Show" to utilize William Schallert and Jean Byron, from the series, to play her parents. As it stands, "Billie" comes off almost as a pilot for a new Duke series to supplant "The Patty Duke Show."

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