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Billie
     

Billie

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Director: Don Weis

Cast: Patty Duke, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

 

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Billie is a screen version of Ronald Alexander's perennial stage favorite Time Out For Ginger. Patty Duke plays a tomboyish high schooler who excels in athletics but who continues to strike out socially. Jim Backus and Jane Greer perform yeoman service as Duke's parents, who wonder how long it's going to be before their daughter stops trying to be their

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Billie is a screen version of Ronald Alexander's perennial stage favorite Time Out For Ginger. Patty Duke plays a tomboyish high schooler who excels in athletics but who continues to strike out socially. Jim Backus and Jane Greer perform yeoman service as Duke's parents, who wonder how long it's going to be before their daughter stops trying to be their son. Backus is particularly concerned because he's running for mayor on a platform of "male supremacy" (this is 1965, remember?). From time to time, Duke expresses her frustration in song: her big number finds her holding her gym shoes in one hand, a bottle of perfume in the other. Warren Berlinger also stars as Duke's long-suffering boyfriend.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Billie is a ridiculous and incredibly dated teen musical -- but it's one that has a very pleasing campiness to it that provides a substantial reward for those in the mood to laugh at how silly the whole film is. Not that there aren't some legitimate assets beyond its camp value. Billie does boast a perky, energetic performance from a strangely-bewigged Patty Duke. It's not what one calls a great performance, because the material doesn't really allow for such a thing. But Duke gives the role her all, and she's a great deal of fun. True, her singing is nothing to write home about -- but then, neither are the songs she has been given to warble. Jim Backus is fun as the male chauvinist father, and Jane Greer is a welcome addition as the understanding mother. It's also fun to see 1960's sitcom fixtures Dick Sargent, Richard Deacon and Ted Bessel in small roles. Ronald Alexander's screenplay is ridiculous, and modern viewers will undoubtedly howl at the "I enjoy being a girl after all" resolution -- but that's all to the good for its camp appeal. It's ludicrous and unbelievable and would be totally insulting if one took it at all seriously -- so it's best to approach Billie in a totally mocking manner to get the most enjoyment out of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2015
UPC:
0883904303817
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
12,719

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patty Duke Billie Carol
Jim Backus Howard Carol
Jane Greer Agnes Carol
Warren Berlinger Mike Benson
Billy DeWolfe Mayor Davis
Charles Lane Coach Jones
Dick Sargent Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Jean Matthews
Ted Bessel Bob Matthews
Richard Deacon Principal Wilson
Bobby Diamond Eddie Davis
Michael Fox Ray Case
Clive Clerk Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde Dr. Hall
Georgia Simmons Mrs. Hosenwacker
Arline Anderson Mrs. Clifton
Matty Jordan Reporter
Maria Lennard Adele Colin
Susan Seaforth Hayes Actor
Mark Elwes Birkinshaw

Technical Credits
Don Weis Director,Producer
Ronald Alexander Screenwriter
George W. Drew Costumes/Costume Designer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
John L. Russell Cinematographer
David Winters Choreography

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Billie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie about coming of age and realizing who you actually are