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
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Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
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Bob Matthews
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Principal Arnold Wilson
Bobby Diamond ...
Eddie Davis
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Ray Case, Reporter
Clive Clerk ...
Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde ...
Doctor Hall
Jean MacRae ...
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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Ginger  »

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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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Billie
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Diane Lampert
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Patty is a whirling dervish of energy
21 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Scrappy theatrical comedy filmed on a television budget, with Patty Duke putting the high school jocks to shame with her athletic abilities (seems sneaky Pat has been running track to a secret "beat" in her head!). Nothing memorable, but worth-watching for the always-good Jim Backus as Patty's politician father--who can't seem to decide where he stands on women's issues--and Patty herself is also very lively. Her short platinum 'do is a bit odd (and occasionally looks like a wig or a blonde mop-head), but she seems happier here than on her self-named TV series and does very well with her two song numbers (her voice is shaky and without focus, but extremely bright and appealing). **1/2 from ****


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