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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 »


Howard Zieff


Max Shulman (screenplay), Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




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 ... Mrs. de Voto
Sandra Kerns ... Lani Mason
Brad Dexter ... Quinn
Jane Connell ... Mrs. Conway
Lloyd Gough ... Harry Grady
Gordon Jump ... Dr. O'Brien
Bill Fiore Bill Fiore ... Dr. Sloan (as William J. Fiore)


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The name of the central character Dr. Charley Nichols (Walter Matthau) was changed to Dr. Charley Michaels for House Calls (1979), it ran for fifty-nine episodes. See more »


Dr. Willoughby: [At burial service] Throughout history, all great innovators were never really appreciated until they were dead. Your dead now Harry... an' we appreciate it!
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Alternate Versions

The original LaserDisc release (on the MCA VideoDisc label) had an instrumental interlude in place of the Beatles' song "Something". See more »


Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »


Lyrics by George Harrison
Music by George Harrison
Performed by The Beatles
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Can't watch this film enough
6 February 2010 | by rbass418See all my reviews

Late one night on Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" Show, I watched Tom ask his guest Henry Morgan what he considered to be 'perfect.' Morgan responded, "Anything with Glenda Jackson." And although I wouldn't consider this film to be perfect, it does bear out that notion very well. I was about to use the cliché' about Hollywood not making pictures like this anymore, but then I just saw, "Up in the Air," another intelligent film about 2 people over the age of 35 who fall in love. That's where the similarities end, though. "House Calls" is just sheer fun watching 2 pros like Matthau and Jackson hit it off and seem completely natural while they're at it. I saw this film in the theater in 1978 (at the ripe old age of 18) and it took me another 20 years to get all of the jokes. Any film that can make punch lines out of 1920's tennis great Bill Tilden, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain wouldn't play too well at the megaplex these days. One other thought: the original theatrical release featured a 'walk on the beach / fall in love' montage set to The Beatles/George Harrison tune, "Something." It seemed a bit forced at the time, but that song has since been swapped out for a rather generic Henry Mancini music cue for subsequent home video and cable release. Too bad, because that scene just lays there now, another victim of music licensing Hell.

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Release Date:

15 March 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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1.85 : 1
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