|GOODBYE CHARLIE (director: Vincente Minnelli; screenwriters: George Axelrod, Harry Kurnitz; cinematographer: Milton Krasner; editor: John W. Holmes; music: André Previn; cast: Harry Madden (Charlie Sorel, a male), Debbie Reynolds (Charlie, a female), Tony Curtis (George Tracy), Pat Boone (Bruce Minton), Walther Matthau (Sir Leopold Sartori ), Joanna Barnes (Janie), Laura Devon (Rusty Sartori), Roger C. Carmel (Inspector), Martin Gabel (Morton Craft), Ellen Burstyn (Franny); Runtime: 114; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: David Weisbart; Fox; 1964)|
|"Nonsensical sci-fi comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
Charlie Sorel (Harry Madden) is at a
yacht party given by Hungarian film
producer Sir Leopold Sartori (Walther Matthau).
When the producer finds Charlie fooling around with
his wife he shoots him and Charlie goes overboard. The
body is never recovered. George Tracy (Tony Curtis) is
Charlie's best friend and also a screenwriter, who is
executor of his will. When at Charlie's seaside house,
a pretty blonde appears and claims to be a
reincarnated Charlie (Debbie Reynolds). It seems
Charlie is now physically like a woman but has a man's
flirts with millionaire Brice Minton (Pat Boone), who
has mother issues. Charlie also tries blackmailing the
married women the former Charlie had affairs with. The
irony is when Sartori is attracted to Charlie
and his wife finds him embracing her on their
yacht, she shoots Charlie and the corpse falls into
an attractive blonde walking a large dog catches
George's eye, he's attracted to her. But this time
Charlie's reincarnated for the third time as the dog.
Minnelli ("The Sandpiper"/"Bells Are
Ringing"/"Some Came Running") goofs around stylishly
directing this nonsensical sci-fi comedy but without
much invention. He gets away with the absurd premise
(at least to those not cringing in horror) because the
talented cast pulls it off. It's written by George
Axelrod and Harry Kurnitz.
wanted Marilyn Monroe for the Debbi Reynolds part, and
you can imagine how much better the film would have
REVIEWED ON 2/1/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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