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House Calls (1978)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Sandra Kerns ...
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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Storyline

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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enema | based on novel

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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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Release Date:

7 August 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Alegrías de un viudo  »

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Trivia

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

Dr. Solomon: Do you know what he calls you?
Dr. Willoughby: Yeah. The Old Fart.
Dr. Solomon: No sir... He calls you... Golden Hands Willoughby!
Dr. Willoughby: Golden Hands. Silverman, you're a goddamned liar.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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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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"You broke my heart!" ... "Don't worry, I'm a doctor, I can fix it!"
18 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Near-wonderful mixture of comedy, romance, and medical chaos has a 50-ish swinging-single doctor, tired of going to rock concerts with nubile airheads, dating a patient his own age whom he met on his rounds. Screenplay by Julius Epstein shows a fair amount of sophistication, though he doesn't have enough material to fill out the picture's last third, and one can almost feel the movie slipping. The subplot about the hospital being investigated for its shoddy business affairs isn't worked out satisfactorily, and it feels highly concocted anyway. Still, Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson are a terrific team, Richard Benjamin and Art Carney very funny in support. Director Howard Zieff keeps it all popping, and even when Epstein's one-liners feel like Neil Simon rejects, Zieff zips right along happily. The results are dryly engaging and occasionally quite sweet. Followed by a failed TV series. *** from ****


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