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House Calls (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 March 1978 (USA)
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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 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
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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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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:

AlegrĂ­as de un viudo  »

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The George Harrison 'Beatles' song "Something" which is heard in the theatrical and original home videocassette releases of this movie has been removed from its laserdisc and DVD releases. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charley Nichols: [On a date] You have a very infectious laugh.
Lani Mason: Don't worry that's the only thing about me that is!
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Referenced in Cotton Candy (1978) 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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1 June 2004 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

A great, small, simple comedy that works because of the terrific cast. And it's not only Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau but Art Carney and Richard Benjamin. And the story actually works because all the characters are involved. There isn't any arbitrary stories. Matthau meets Jackson because she's made to wear a ridiculous head bandage provided by Carney and Matthau removes it and performs surgery on her. Carney becomes angry/upset over this and blackmails Matthau into supporting him for Chief Resident even though Carney's obviously "crack pot". Jackson and Matthau become lovers but she eventually becomes angry with him for (among other things) not standing up to Carney. That's what makes this an almost perfect film comedy: the characters, plot and situations all seem to spring naturally from the events in the plot. There's nothing forced. And the actors seem to be having a ball.

Matthau and Jackson are superb together.


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