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House Calls (1978)

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 »

Director:

Howard Zieff

Writers:

Max Shulman (screenplay), Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Dr. Charley Nichols
Glenda Jackson ... Ann Atkinson
Art Carney ... Dr. Amos Willoughby
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Norman Solomon
Candice Azzara ... Ellen Grady
Dick O'Neill ... Irwin Owett
Thayer David ... Phil Pogostin
Anthony Holland ... TV moderator
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Mrs. de Voto
Sandra Kerns ... Lani Mason
Brad Dexter ... Quinn
Jane Connell Jane Connell ... Mrs. Conway
Lloyd Gough ... Harry Grady
Gordon Jump ... Dr. O'Brien
William J. Fiore 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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More than a touch of comedy. Just what the doctor ordered.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegrías de un viudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,460,702
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song that Walter Matthau is attempting to sing in the shower is Cherubino's song from Act II of Mozart's "Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro). See more »

Quotes

Ann Atkinson: Look, I don't care if a man picks his teeth in public, if he has a ring around his collar, he can even vote the straight Republican ticket. But if he loves me and is faithful to me then I will go through hell for him!
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Alternate Versions

The new Focus (Universal Home Video) DVD also has the same re scored version as the laser disc. See more »

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So romantic it hurts....
7 May 2006 | by crazyanimalsSee all my reviews

when I know that Walter will never grace another set.I was in my 30's when I first saw this sweet,endearing and unabashedly romantic film.I loved it from the first scene,and all the way through to the end.Art Carney was his usual daft self; Glenda matched Walter step for step in the witticisms;and Richard Benjamin supplied the sarcastic voice of reason that he does so well.Along the way there were many actors whom we all recognize,doing their usual brilliance. There are a couple of lines in the movie which my SO and I have used throughout the years,but I won't say anything about them here.I'm pretty sure you will know which two I am talking about. Just get this movie.Make some popcorn,grab your squeeze(if he is as sappy as mine is,for which I am thankful),and enjoy this standout romantic comedy from the 70's. You will not be disappointed. However,I have the feeling that I am preaching to the choir here because anyone who loves Walter will already own it.I'm very glad it's out on DVD now,finally.


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