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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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Walter Matthau appeared in drag in this movie. 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 »


Sunny Side of the Street
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh (uncredited)
[Performed by] Frankie Laine
courtesy Springboard International Records
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A Pretty Good Romantic Comedy for the 70's...
19 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

HOUSE CALLS was an amusing 1978 comedy about a widowed doctor (Walter Matthau) who now wants to play the field but can't help but be drawn to a patient of his (Glenda Jackson) who refuses to be just another notch on his bedpost. Matthau likes the woman but does not really want to make the commitment that she insists upon so he agrees to date her exclusively for two weeks and then make a decision as to whether or not he wants to commit; however, other complications make it difficult for Matthau to make a decision when the two weeks are up, even though he is clearly in love with the woman. Matthau and Jackson have surprisingly effective chemistry as a screen couple and are given strong support from Richard Benjamin, Candice Azzara, Dick O'Neill, and especially Art Carney as the inept and senile Chief of Staff at the hospital where Matthau is employed. Matthau even has a brief scene with his real-life son, Charlie, who appears as Jackson's son. This engaging comedy still holds up pretty well after all these years. If you've never seen it, it's worth the rental.

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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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