House Calls

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Overview

Recently widowed Dr. Nichols Walter Matthau finds himself ill at ease in re-entering the singles scene. Then he meets Ann Atkinson Glenda Jackson, a patient recuperating from a jaw operation. Freshly divorced from a philandering spouse, Jackson is as reluctant to inaugurate a lasting commitment as Walter--but inaugurate they do, in a hilarious scene wherein Jackson and Walter try to emulate those romantic couples in 1930s movies who were forced by the censors to keep one foot on the floor while lying in bed. It ...
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Overview

Recently widowed Dr. Nichols Walter Matthau finds himself ill at ease in re-entering the singles scene. Then he meets Ann Atkinson Glenda Jackson, a patient recuperating from a jaw operation. Freshly divorced from a philandering spouse, Jackson is as reluctant to inaugurate a lasting commitment as Walter--but inaugurate they do, in a hilarious scene wherein Jackson and Walter try to emulate those romantic couples in 1930s movies who were forced by the censors to keep one foot on the floor while lying in bed. It is Jackson who encourages Matthau to stand up for his ideals during a lawsuit involving senile head physician Dr. Willoughby Art Carney, who is unbearably funny at times. Richard Benjamin rounds off the cast of polished farceurs who add so much sparkle to House Calls. The film was later adapted into a TV sitcom starring Wayne Rogers in the Matthau role, Lynn Redgrave and later Sharon Gless in the Jackson counterpart, and David Wayne as a less aphasiatic version of the Carney character.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
House Calls is a stylish, laugh-out-loud comedy, with stellar performances from Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. They're funny largely because they treat the story and their characters with respect; there's little sense of condescension or contempt for the material. Some of the humor may feel forced at times, but the joke-to-laugh ratio is high, and the few misfired moments are quickly forgotten. References to pop culture are part of House Calls' strong appeal, with fish-out-of-water Matthau trying to reconnect with a lifestyle he had previously abandoned. The supporting cast is solid, with a very funny Art Carney stealing several scenes from his top-billed co-stars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2005
  • UPC: 025192422126
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Sandra Kerns Lani Mason
Harlee MacBride
Jack Griffin
Anita Alberts Nurse
Susan Batson Shirley
Alma Beltran Gina
Taurean Blacque Levi
David Bond Patient in wheelchair
Judith Brown Nurse
Jane Connell Mrs. Conway
Brad Dexter Quinn
William J. Fiore Dr. Sloan
Jesus Franco Bunny suited actor
Bob Goldstein Taxi cab driver
Lloyd Gough Harry Grady
Anthony Holland TV moderator
Nancy Hsueh Gretchen
Gordon Jump Dr. O'Brien
Bernie Kuby Minister
Len Lesser Waiter
Patch MacKenzie Edith Baskin
Michael Mann Assistant TV director
Maurice Marks Ambulance driver
Sally K. Marr Mrs. Meyers
Charles Matthau Michael Atkinson
Dave Morick Ambulance driver
Ken Olfson Make-Up man
John Pleshette Theatrical agent
Reva Rose Mrs. DeVoto
George Sasaki Hospital janitor
Pamela Toll Sarah
Robert Trujillo Mexican Boy
Lee Weaver Anesthesiologist
Kedric Wolfe Funeral director
Technical Credits
Howard Zieff Director
Martine Barraqué-Curie Editor
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Jennings Lang Executive Producer, Producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Alan Mandel Screenwriter
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilbur Mosier Production Manager
Arlene Sellers Producer
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
Max Shulman Screenwriter
Charles Shyer Screenwriter
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Alex Winitsky Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Making Up for Lost Time (Main Titles) [4:09]
2. Stealing Patients [9:32]
3. A Famous Surgeon [4:01]
4. Show Time [4:33]
5. Defending Yourself [3:08]
6. The "Hit & Run" Type [7:31]
7. The Cost of Love [8:14]
8. Checking Out [5:58]
9. One Foot on the Floor [6:35]
10. Let's Give it a Try [3:40]
11. Enjoying Each Other [5:30]
12. Malpractice [6:58]
13. Somebody Special [4:45]
14. Damage Control [6:02]
15. Consumed With Fear [4:49]
16. Emergency [3:57]
17. I Need You! [6:11]
18. End Titles [1:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Spoken Language: Français
      Captions & Subtitles: Captioned for the Hearing Impaired - English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Jackson & Matthau

    The first of two wonderful comedies that starred Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. He is a recently widowed surgeon, and she is a recent divorcee; they meet in a hospital where she is a patient. Richard Benjamin is Matthau's droll colleague,and Art Carney is the dottering, hilarious Chief of Medicine. Candice Azzara is the "dumb blonde" who really is not so dumb, and Henry Mancini contributes a lovely score.

    The middle-age dating game never has looked so funny, or, in some ways, so sad. Adding to the comic mix is the fact that Jackson loudly decries modern medicine, while slowly falling in love with Matthau. Art Carney makes one realize how empty are the titles given to Doctors. His eulogy at a friend's funeral leaves the attendees speechless and the viewer laughing hard. Eventually there is no doubt that Jackson and Matthau will end up together, still, what fun watching them finally realize that.

    The one drawback is the lack of notes. "Hopscotch" is the other great Matthau-Jackson comedy, and film historian Bruce Eder's notes accompanying that DVD add immeasurably to the enjoyment. Doubtlessly "House Calls" deserves similar treatment. That said, see this DVD!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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