Billie


1h 27m 1965
Billie

Brief Synopsis

A high school girl's athletic prowess scandalizes a conservative small town.

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Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Musical
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 1 Sep 1965
Production Company
Chrislaw Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Time Out for Ginger by Ronald Alexander (New York, 26 Nov 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Billie Carol, a 16-year-old athlete, consistently out-runs all the boys on her high school track team. Her prowess leads to trouble with her boyfriend, Mike Benson, who is ashamed of always losing to a girl, and with her father, who had been running for mayor on a platform of no competition between the sexes. Her father changes his position to a more liberal one after he and Billie are featured in Life magazine, but his opponent, Mayor Davis, still wages a dirty campaign. Mayor Davis, besides involving Billie, makes use of the fact that her unmarried sister Jean is pregnant. Jean reveals that she has been secretly married for a year before the election, and Mr. Carol wins. Billie becomes more feminine and puts on a dress for the first time to go out on a date with Mike.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Musical
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 1 Sep 1965
Production Company
Chrislaw Productions
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Time Out for Ginger by Ronald Alexander (New York, 26 Nov 1952).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

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Patty Duke was in love with a much older man, and her manipulative manager/guardians Ethel and John Ross were going to do something about it. To separate the then 17-year-old actress from her 30 year-old lover Harry Falk, they sent her away on location to film a musical about a teenage girl who trumps all the boys on her high school track team by running in time to the hepcat drum solos she hears in her head. "When I want to go faster," she perkily explains, "I speed up the beat and I go!" Based on the original musical Time Out For Ginger, Billie was shot in a breakneck 15 days between seasons of the also-perky The Patty Duke Show. Modern audiences will find Billie entertaining not only for its genderqueer camp (when her father (Jim Backus) scolds "Try to remember you're a girl," Billie longingly laments "I wish I were a boy!") but also for its infectious mod dance routines and great garage rock drum solos by Dominic Frontiere (composer of the eerie The Outer Limits theme). After Patty Duke got back from shooting Billie, she married Falk anyway and did Valley Of The Dolls (1967) to forever outrun her "perky" reputation.

By Violet LeVoit
Billie -

Billie -

Patty Duke was in love with a much older man, and her manipulative manager/guardians Ethel and John Ross were going to do something about it. To separate the then 17-year-old actress from her 30 year-old lover Harry Falk, they sent her away on location to film a musical about a teenage girl who trumps all the boys on her high school track team by running in time to the hepcat drum solos she hears in her head. "When I want to go faster," she perkily explains, "I speed up the beat and I go!" Based on the original musical Time Out For Ginger, Billie was shot in a breakneck 15 days between seasons of the also-perky The Patty Duke Show. Modern audiences will find Billie entertaining not only for its genderqueer camp (when her father (Jim Backus) scolds "Try to remember you're a girl," Billie longingly laments "I wish I were a boy!") but also for its infectious mod dance routines and great garage rock drum solos by Dominic Frontiere (composer of the eerie The Outer Limits theme). After Patty Duke got back from shooting Billie, she married Falk anyway and did Valley Of The Dolls (1967) to forever outrun her "perky" reputation. By Violet LeVoit

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Copyright claimant: Chrislaw-Patty Duke Productions.

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Released in United States 1965

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Released in United States 1965