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Billie (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 13 December 1965 (UK)
A 16-year-old tomboy and high school athlete finds herself caught between being beating boys at sports and having a boyfriend, while her conservative father opposes women's rights in his campaign for mayor.


Don Weis


Ronald Alexander (screenplay), Ronald Alexander (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Billie Carol
Jim Backus ... Howard G. Carol
Jane Greer ... Agnes Carol
Warren Berlinger ... Mike Benson
Billy De Wolfe ... Mayor Charlie Davis
Charles Lane ... Coach Jones
Dick Sargent ... Matt Bullitt
Susan Seaforth Hayes ... Jean Matthews (as Susan Seaforth)
Ted Bessell ... Bob Matthews
Richard Deacon ... Principal Arnold Wilson
Bobby Diamond ... Eddie Davis
Michael Fox ... Ray Case, Reporter
Clive Clerk ... Ted Chekas
Harlan Warde ... Doctor Hall
Jean MacRae Jean MacRae ... Nurse Webb


Fifteen year old tomboy Billie Carol, the younger of two daughters of Harding mayoral candidate Howard G. Carol and his wife Agnes Carol, is naturally athletic. She attributes her speed to being able to hear what she calls "the beat": music she hears in her head, speeding up that music which makes her go faster in whatever activity. She catches the eye of her high school's track and field coach, the school which only has a boys' track and field team which she is asked to join. Her father encourages her to do so despite he having recently made a campaign speech to a group of young women on his stance that women should not compete with men. This dichotomy causes a problem in his campaign. Another potential problem in the campaign is some unknown information about his older daughter, twenty year old Jean, who is home from school and who he still sees as his little girl. Billie, on the other hand, is often viewed by Howard as the son he never had, which often causes problems in his ... Written by Huggo

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Billie's Got the Beat!


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Release Date:

13 December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ginger See more »

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Chrislaw Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Donna McKechnie. See more »


Coach Jones: I haven't found the teenager yet I couldn't take in a fair but dirty street fight.
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Version of The Comedy Spot: Time Out for Ginger (1962) See more »


Funny Little Butterflies
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Performed by Patty Duke
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A Pre-Neeley O'Hara Treat
13 December 2005 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

I remember my parents taking me to see BILLIE at the local drive-in when I was a kid. Patty Duke, pre-Valley of the Dolls, played this tomboyish teenage girl who could outrun all the boys in her school thanks to something in her head that she called "the beat", but boys don't like to go out with girls who run faster than they do, so Billie is pretty much alone until she compromises her feminist ideals, sings a corny song about becoming a woman, and purposely loses a race so that she can have the boy of her dreams, who I believe was played by Warren Berlinger. I think Jim Backus played her father, who was running for Mayor on a "Women belong in the home" platform while his daughter was out running track with the boys. This movie was kind of corny, but Patty played the role energetically and I liked her blonde, Mia Farrow haircut.

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