House Calls

House Calls

Walter Matthau
Director: Howard Zieff Cast: Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
, Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
, Art Carney
Art Carney
Howard Zieff


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Recently widowed Dr. Nichols (Walter Matthau) finds himself ill at ease in re-entering the singles scene. Then he meets Ann Atkinson (Glenda Jackson), a patient recuperating from a jaw operation. Freshly divorced from a philandering spouse, Jackson is as reluctant to inaugurate a lasting commitment as Walter--but inaugurate they do, in a hilarious scene wherein Jackson and Walter try to emulate those romantic couples in 1930s movies who were forced by the censors to keep one foot on the floor while lying in bed. It is Jackson who encourages Matthau to stand up for his ideals during a lawsuit involving senile head physician Dr. Willoughby (Art Carney, who is unbearably funny at times). Richard Benjamin rounds off the cast of polished farceurs who add so much sparkle to House Calls. The film was later adapted into a TV sitcom starring Wayne Rogers in the Matthau role, Lynn Redgrave (and later Sharon Gless) in the Jackson counterpart, and David Wayne as a less aphasiatic version of the Carney character.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
UPC: 0025192422126
Original Release: 1978
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:38:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Phil Pogostin
Sandra Kerns Lani Mason
Harlee MacBride Actor
Jack Griffin Actor
Anita Alberts Nurse
Susan Batson Shirley
Alma Beltran Gina
Taurean Blacque Levi
David Bond Patient in wheelchair
Judith Brown Nurse
Jane Connell Mrs. Conway
Brad Dexter Quinn
William J. Fiore Dr. Sloan
Jesus Franco Bunny suited actor
Bob Goldstein Taxi cab driver
Lloyd Gough Harry Grady
Anthony Holland TV moderator
Nancy Hsueh Gretchen
Gordon Jump Dr. O'Brien
Bernie Kuby Minister
Len Lesser Waiter
Patch MacKenzie Edith Baskin
Michael Mann Assistant TV director
Maurice Marks Ambulance driver
Sally K. Marr Mrs. Meyers
Charles Matthau Michael Atkinson
Dave Morick Ambulance driver
Ken Olfson Make-Up man
John Pleshette Theatrical agent
Reva Rose Mrs. DeVoto
George Sasaki Hospital janitor
Pamela Toll Sarah
Robert Trujillo Mexican Boy
Lee Weaver Anesthesiologist
Kedric Wolfe Funeral director

Technical Credits
Howard Zieff Director
Martine Barraqué-Curie Editor
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Gary Daigler Asst. Director
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Jennings Lang Executive Producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Alan Mandel Screenwriter
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Burton Miller Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilbur Mosier Production Manager
Arlene Sellers Producer
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
Max Shulman Screenwriter
Charles Shyer Screenwriter
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Edward Warschilka Editor
Alex Winitsky Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Making Up for Lost Time (Main Titles) [4:09]
2. Stealing Patients [9:32]
3. A Famous Surgeon [4:01]
4. Show Time [4:33]
5. Defending Yourself [3:08]
6. The "Hit & Run" Type [7:31]
7. The Cost of Love [8:14]
8. Checking Out [5:58]
9. One Foot on the Floor [6:35]
10. Let's Give it a Try [3:40]
11. Enjoying Each Other [5:30]
12. Malpractice [6:58]
13. Somebody Special [4:45]
14. Damage Control [6:02]
15. Consumed With Fear [4:49]
16. Emergency [3:57]
17. I Need You! [6:11]
18. End Titles [1:53]

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House Calls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
REKNY More than 1 year ago
The first of two wonderful comedies that starred Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. He is a recently widowed surgeon, and she is a recent divorcee; they meet in a hospital where she is a patient. Richard Benjamin is Matthau's droll colleague,and Art Carney is the dottering, hilarious Chief of Medicine. Candice Azzara is the "dumb blonde" who really is not so dumb, and Henry Mancini contributes a lovely score. The middle-age dating game never has looked so funny, or, in some ways, so sad. Adding to the comic mix is the fact that Jackson loudly decries modern medicine, while slowly falling in love with Matthau. Art Carney makes one realize how empty are the titles given to Doctors. His eulogy at a friend's funeral leaves the attendees speechless and the viewer laughing hard. Eventually there is no doubt that Jackson and Matthau will end up together, still, what fun watching them finally realize that. The one drawback is the lack of notes. "Hopscotch" is the other great Matthau-Jackson comedy, and film historian Bruce Eder's notes accompanying that DVD add immeasurably to the enjoyment. Doubtlessly "House Calls" deserves similar treatment. That said, see this DVD!!