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Billie (1965)

A 16-year-old tomboy and high school athlete finds herself caught between being beating boys at sports and having a boyfriend, while her conservative father opposes women's rights in his campaign for mayor.


Don Weis


Ronald Alexander (screenplay), Ronald Alexander (play)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Billie Carol
Jim Backus ... Howard G. Carol
Jane Greer ... Agnes Carol
Warren Berlinger ... Mike Benson
Billy De Wolfe ... Mayor Charlie Davis
Charles Lane ... Coach Jones
Dick Sargent ... Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Hayes ... Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
Ted Bessell ... Bob Matthews
Richard Deacon ... Principal Arnold Wilson
Bobby Diamond Bobby Diamond ... Eddie Davis
Michael Fox ... Ray Case, Reporter
Clive Clerk ... Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde ... Doctor Hall
Jean MacRae Jean MacRae ... Nurse Webb


Fifteen year old tomboy Billie Carol, the younger of two daughters of Harding mayoral candidate Howard G. Carol and his wife Agnes Carol, is naturally athletic. She attributes her speed to being able to hear what she calls "the beat": music she hears in her head, speeding up that music which makes her go faster in whatever activity. She catches the eye of her high school's track and field coach, the school which only has a boys' track and field team which she is asked to join. Her father encourages her to do so despite he having recently made a campaign speech to a group of young women on his stance that women should not compete with men. This dichotomy causes a problem in his campaign. Another potential problem in the campaign is some unknown information about his older daughter, twenty year old Jean, who is home from school and who he still sees as his little girl. Billie, on the other hand, is often viewed by Howard as the son he never had, which often causes problems in his ... Written by Huggo

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Billie's Got the Beat!


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Release Date:

13 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ginger See more »

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Production Co:

Chrislaw Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Donna McKechnie. See more »


Coach Jones: I haven't found the teenager yet I couldn't take in a fair but dirty street fight.
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Version of The Comedy Spot: Time Out for Ginger (1962) See more »


Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Diane Lampert
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Old-Fashioned Equal Rights Coming-of-Age Tale
12 September 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Bit of fluff about teenage Billie Carol (Patty Duke), tomboy (if in any doubt of that, the short-cropped boyish haircut tells you that fact) who joins the boys track team at her high school and faces the mild wrath of her father (Jim Backus) who is running for mayor (Billie wishes she were a boy - and so does dad - uh oh). Billie "hears the beat" when she runs and even helps the other boys on the team (none of whom can run as fast as spirited little Billie) learn the beat in a fun dance number. New boy in school, Mike, wants to become a track star so recruits Billie as his "teacher" - but can't keep his eyes off her when she dances. And meanwhile issues about "women's rights" are loosely brought into the film as Billie gets upset 'cause the boys treat her "like a girl and not an equal". A subplot involves big sister Jeannie who returns from college with a secret she only reveals to sis Billie.

This film is pretty light fare, nostalgic fun that reminded me so much of the 60s teenage films I liked as a kid - it's also a semi-musical with one good dance number, plus a few sort of catchy, a few not so catchy songs thrown in. As a fan of Patty Duke (one of my favorite old TV shows since childhood is the rarely seen "Patty Duke Show") it was great to see her in this fun, teenage role - she's very energetic, likable and cute in this (even though forced into appearing on screen in this rather ugly powder blue short set as well as a pretty hideous powder blue dress, amongst other things - and what's with that bleached blonde hairdo?!). 60s TV is also well-represented as this film is jam-packed with numerous familiar stars and character actors from popular 60s sitcoms - Bewitched, That Girl, Gilligan's Island, Leave it to Beaver - all represented here. Even well-loved character actor Charles Lane appears briefly in a few scenes as the track coach, and there's even a big "Shaggy Dog" in this. Nothing great- but enjoyable, light fun.

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