|HOUSE CALLS (director: Howard Zieff; screenwriters: Max Shulman/Julius J. Epstein/Alan Mande/ Charles Shyer/story by Max Shulman and Jules Epstein; cinematographer: David M. Walsh; editor: Edward Warschilks; music: Henry Mancini; cast: 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 (Pogostin), Anthony Holland (T.V. Moderator); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Alex Winitsky/Arlene Sellers; Universal Pictures; 1978)|
on character development, it catches the
flavor of what a mediocre hospital looks like."
by Dennis Schwartz
standard bearer for innocuous romantic comedies.
Howard Zieff ("Slither"/"Private
Benjamin"/"Unfaithfully Yours") weakly directs this
superficial and unfunny TV sitcom about loose living
doctors. It's based on a story by Max Shulman and
Jules Epstein. It's written by those authors and Alan
Mandy and Charles Shyer. Though poor on character
development, it catches the flavor of what a mediocre
hospital looks like.
middle-aged surgeon Charley Nichols (Walter
Matthau) is a recent widow. Charley uses his new
freedom to chase the skirts. The great English actress
Glenda Jackson, in her first made in Hollywood acting
job, plays the feisty divorced wife of a womanizer,
who is seeking a faithful mate. While a patient for a
jaw operation, that's botched by the chief of surgery,
at Charley's hospital, they meet and fall in love. Richard
Benjamin plays a young doctor, Matthau's
friend, whose character helps clarify the film's
botched surgeon surgery head (Art Carney) is
senile--which is supposed to mean that's a funny
The film was
soon made into a TV sitcom starring Wayne Rogers.
REVIEWED ON 10/272015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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