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Billie (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 13 December 1965 (UK)
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:
Mayor Charlie Davis
Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
Bob Matthews
Principal Arnold Wilson
Bobby Diamond ...
Eddie Davis
Ray Case, Reporter
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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Release Date:

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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Billie is a high school girl who joins a boys track team back in 1965
11 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent family film. Billie is a high school girl who joins a boys track team in a time when things like this just wasn't done. Lots of smiles and laughs. Great entertainment for everyone. Rates up there with Disney's Parent Trap. It stars Patty Duke when she was still a child star. Highly recommended.

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