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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 »

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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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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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Quotes

Dr. Solomon: Do you know what he calls you?
Dr. Willoughby: Yeah. The Old Fart.
Dr. Solomon: No sir... He calls you... Golden Hands Willoughby!
Dr. Willoughby: Golden Hands. Silverman, you're a goddamned liar.
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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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1 June 2004 | by MidniteRamblerSee all my reviews

Matthau is a widowed hospital doctor enjoying his single status and the footloose and available nurses on the staff whilst colleague and friend Richard Benjamin looks on with amusement and amazement. Their boss is hard-of-hearing going on senile Chief of Staff Art Carney who is up for re-election to that post.

Matthau is content playing the field without commitment until he meets single mother Glenda Jackson who insists upon being the only woman in his life while she is in his life. At the same time, he comes under pressure to respond to the amorous advances of a potential litigant in a malpractice suit, and to support the shambolic and incompetent Carney in his attempt to be re-elected Chief of Staff.

This is a superior old-fashioned romantic comedy graced by four Grade-A actors and an excellent supporting cast working with a first-rate dry, caustic and sarcastic script. Carney steals every scene he's in and, in the parlance of IMDb, has us rolling on the floor laughing out loud whenever he appears on screen. We are otherwise entertained by the on-off relationship of the two leads and various sub-plots.

Lacks the ambition to be a great film, but remains one of the best of its kind and watchable and re-watchable for its comedic value alone. Deserves more attention than it seems to have received and well worth the cost of the DVD or video cassette.


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