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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

Womanizing Charlie is shot by an angry husband and falls in the sea. He arrives home after his memorial as a cute, amnesic woman. His old friend helps her/him.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

George Axelrod (play), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... George Tracy
Debbie Reynolds ... Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason
Pat Boone ... Bruce Minton III
Joanna Barnes ... Janie Highland
Walter Matthau ... Sir Leopold Sartori
Ellen Burstyn ... Franny Saltzmann (as Ellen McRae)
Laura Devon ... Rusty Sartori
Martin Gabel ... Morton Craft
Roger C. Carmel ... Inspector Frank McGill (as Roger Carmel)
Harry Madden Harry Madden ... Charlie Sorel
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Starlet
Michael Romanoff ... Restaurant Patron
Michael Jackson ... Michael Jackson
Anthony Eustrel ... Butler (as Antony Eustrel)
Donna Michelle Donna Michelle ... Woman Doing the Twist on Yacht
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Storyline

Shot by a jealous husband, Charley falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They don't make girls like "Charlie" anymore -- they never did!


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Trivia

Uncredited, nm0000981 is shown in the movie's first scene. He is the young man in an orange polo shirt doing the twist with Playboy's 1964 Playmate Of The Year nm0585029. See more »

Goofs

George pulls up to the front of the hotel to meet with Sir Leopold and he sees the detective standing out front looking away from the hotel. He sneaks into the hotel elevator keeping his eye on the detective not realizing the elevator has a glass front that faces the street and he turns around he sees the detective now looking at the front of the hotel. It could have been the detective was always looking at the front but they don't give that impression (not very clearly anyway) and besides if that was the case wouldn't he have noticed George sneaking into the front door as any good detective worth his salt would be watching that front door? The way it's shown is just a little confusing. See more »

Quotes

Sir Leopold Sartori: Turn down the air conditioning in the bowling alley.
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Connections

Remade as Dobol dribol (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodbye Charlie
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
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Off-beat, Silly, Charming and Down-right Twisted
16 January 2001 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time over twenty years ago but could never remember the title. I saw it again on AMC and recognized it immediately, but my memories of it have strayed quite a bit from what I thought it was. In fact, this movie takes an amusing idea, a man in a woman's body, throws in some funny lines, but misses the point and goes no where. Tony Curtis plays a very funny straight man to Debbie Reynolds, and while she may have been attractive for the time, the outdated values and generation gap haven't exactly endeared this movie to a whole new generation. While still more enjoyable than it's recent re-make, "Switch" with Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits, the movie almost immediately drags after the opening sequences and sets up a premise that really goes nowhere. Pat Boone's role is seemingly tagged on as is Roger C. Carmel's, but Walter Matthau is nearly unrecognizable as a worldly skirt-chaser giving Reynolds something to run from. While I can't in good conscience give this a ten, the movie is worth while a look as a seven.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1964 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Goodbye Charlie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Venice Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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