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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Lonely Little In Between
Written by Bernice Ross, Lor Crane and Jack Gold
Performed by Patty Duke
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Billie, the girl with the "beat" in her head, out-runs every boy on the high school track team.
11 September 1998 | by Sunshine7See all my reviews

Roll back the clocks for this one! A very fine movie for it's nostalgia. I enjoyed seeing what teenagers were like back in the 1960's.

This is a movie/musical rolled into one. It stars, Patty Duke who plays the character "Billie", a tomboy who causes a problem with her school when she is put on the all "boys" track team by the impressed school coach. You have to remember that this movie was released in 1965 when women's rights were not as prevalent as today.

If you have never heard Patty Duke sing, then you just have to see this movie... She sings as beautiful as a songbird! Bobby Diamond, who played on the TV series, "Fury" (1955-1960), is also in this movie and sang to my enjoyment as well!

Although not intended to be funny, some parts of this movie were very comical and had me in stitches! I enjoyed watching the way the people danced back then. It looked like they were having a great time!

In conclusion I'd like to say, that "Billie" is a very fine movie for it's time period. If only there was more of it. The ending left me with wanting more...more...more!

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