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House Calls (1978)

Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age... See full summary »

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Dr. Charley Nichols
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Ann Atkinson
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Dr. Amos Willoughby
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Dr. Norman Solomon
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Ellen Grady
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Irwin Owett
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Phil Pogostin
Anthony Holland ...
TV moderator
Reva Rose ...
Mrs. de Voto
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Lani Mason
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Quinn
Jane Connell ...
Mrs. Conway
Lloyd Gough ...
Harry Grady
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Dr. O'Brien
William J. Fiore ...
Dr. Sloan
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Charley is a surgeon who's recently lost his wife; he embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age, who immediately and unexpectedly captures his heart. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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More than a touch of comedy. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 March 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alegrías de un viudo  »

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The film is the first of two star teamings of actors Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson who starred together again two years later in Hopscotch (1980) due to the success of this film which spun-off a TV sitcom series. See more »

Quotes

Ann Atkinson: You broke my heart!
Dr. Charley Nichols: Don't worry, I'm a doctor, I can fix it.
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On the sunny side of the street
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Frankie Laine
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This is one the way they used to make them
15 February 1999 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

"House Calls" is a wonderful romantic comedy that can best be described as "how they used to make them." It stars Walter Matthau (in one of his best roles) as a recently widowed doctor who goes out on the dating scene again and hits paydirt as he seems to have a different woman every night. He then meets hospital patient Glenda Jackson and soon develops a relationship with her. But it's one that will be severely tested as she informs him she is a one man woman and expects him to be a one woman man.

This is a sweet, very funny film also starring Art Carney as the senile hospital administrator and Richard Benjamin as Matthau's friend and fellow doctor. It's a must see for any Matthau fan or any fan of light comedy.

You won't be disappointed.


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