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Goodbye Charlie (1964)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1964 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Au revoir 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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Trivia

This was Pat Boone's final film under his seven year contract with 20th Century-Fox. The studio had signed Boone in 1957, hoping he'd replicate the box office success of Elvis, but Boone's screen charisma, and his longevity as a box office draw, never equaled that of Elvis. 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

Rusty Sartori: All that screaming in five different languages - four of which I couldn't even understand!
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Debbie Reynolds (3) (1964) See more »

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Seven at Once
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Music by André Previn
Sung by Jerry Wallace
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Switch before Switch
19 November 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Perhaps best known nowadays as the film that inspired Blake Edwards to write and direct the amusing 'Switch' with Ellen Barkin, this earlier comedy features the same idea of a shameless philanderer reincarnated in the body of a woman. Clocking in at close to two hours, 'Goodbye Charlie' takes an incredibly long time to warm up with over 25 minutes elapsing before the comedy really kicks in since the philanderer (in the woman's body) has amnesia at first. Once the film gets into the swing of things though, it is a decent ride. Debbie Reynolds does well acting tough and manly, casually ogling other women and so on. It is not as dynamic a performance as Barkin in 'Switch' (who nailed the mannerisms of her male self) as we never actually see much of Charlie before he is killed, but Reynolds is still dynamite. There are also several fascinating moments as he/she gets more used to being a woman, even allowing him/herself to be seduced. Additionally, in a daring move, he/she even tries to seduce his/her best friend, played by Tony Curtis. Speaking of which, Curtis does well with a tricky role here. At times, it seems like he is also about to fall for his macho best friend in a lady's body. The experience is let down by a tacked-on cop-out ending that fails to capitalise on all this sexual tension, but the film pokes enough at gender identity issues to remain interesting.


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