6.9/10
83
4 user 2 critic

Something for the Birds (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | October 1952 (USA)
Enviromentalist Anne Richards goes to Washington D. C. to fight for getting legislation passed to save the last remaining sanctuary of the almost-extinct California Condor. She enlists the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Three Secrets (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, Ruth Roman
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1944, US Navy specialists run a weather station in the Gobi desert where they are harassed by Japanese warplanes but aided by local Mongol nomads.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jean Simmons (a school teacher) takes a secretarial job in a nightclub. The two club owners quibble about a lot, including her. Unfortunately, she develops an interest for the partner who disapproves of her employment at the club.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Jean Simmons, Paul Douglas, Anthony Franciosa
So Big (1953)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Olson
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: John Forsythe, Joan Camden, Harold J. Kennedy
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Jean Simmons, Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: James Cagney, Don Dubbins, Stephen McNally
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Forced by circumstances,Confederate POWs and Union soldiers join forces against Indians but old animosities resurface during their fragile alliance.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawyer who is planning to run for District Attorney accidentally kills a gangster who owns the nightclub where the attorney's girlfriend is a singer. Although he manages to cover up his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Tom Conway, Martha O'Driscoll, June Clayworth
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Steve Bennett
...
Anne Richards
...
'Admiral' Johnnie Adams
...
Roy Patterson
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Della Rice
Hugh Sanders ...
Jim Grady
...
Leo Fischer
...
Taylor
Archer MacDonald ...
T. Courtney Lemmer
Richard Garrick ...
Chandler
...
Foster
Russell Gaige ...
Winthrop
John Brown ...
Mr. Lund
Camillo Guercio ...
Duncan
Joan Miller ...
Mac
Edit

Storyline

Enviromentalist Anne Richards goes to Washington D. C. to fight for getting legislation passed to save the last remaining sanctuary of the almost-extinct California Condor. She enlists the aid of Johnnie Adams, an engraver, and Washington's most successful party-crasher, and Steve Bennett, a lobbyist for the opposition who comes over to Anne's side. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Defensora das Aves  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Original cast announced were Anne Baxter, Paul Douglas, and Victor Moore. The film stalled in pre-production and Douglas left Fox and was replaced by Dana Andrews. Baxter dropped out and was replaced by Jeanne Crain, but her pregnancy stalled the picture some more until shooting finally began in May 1952 with Patricia Neal, Victor Mature, and Edmund Gwenn. See more »

Quotes

Anne Richards: Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Oddly Prescient Mismatch Comedy of Oil Lobbyists vs. Environmentalists
16 December 2004 | by (Somewhere in Soho) – See all my reviews

Hard to believe this script was written in the early 1950s -- it sounds like it might be a pitch for some mismatch comedy of today. Neal is an environmental activist sent to Washington to help stop a bill that would allow drilling for natural gas in the habitat set aside by the government for the endangered California Condor. An evil oil company is sponsoring a bill in Washington that would allow them, and only them, to drill -- thus disrupting the Condor's delicate breeding patterns. She crashes a swank DC party to try to gain access to the Department of the Interior bureaucrat who's been ducking her, where she runs into a kindly retired Admiral (Gwenn, better known as Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street"), who is taken by her and agrees to introduce her to one of his many Washington pals, the sleazy but suave lobbyist lawyer played by Mature. What neither of them knows is that the Admiral is in fact an engraver at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving who's been forging party invitations for himself for years and has adopted the persona of a retired admiral. And Mature, infatuated with Neal, has to hide the fact that he's in fact the lobbyist hired by the gas company to get the special interest bill through Congress! Screwball complications ensue, of course, while Neal tries to get protection for the condors, Mature tries to seduce her without actually helping her against the interest of his client, and Gwenn finds his cover story unraveling the more he tries to help Neal, all under the comic theme of the whiff of corruption in government business.

The acting is fine here, hardly true screwball, but with believable performances by all three principles. Neal isn't quite enough of a sex bomb to explain Mature's infatuation, and her natural intelligence and self-possession bely the fact she's supposed to be something of a naif around DC. Nevertheless her portrayal is earnest and just enough tongue in cheek. Mature himself is just creepy enough to be credible as a sleazoid lobbyist, although his B-list looks also don't suggest much chemistry with Neal. Gwenn is his usual sophisticated self, playing the double role of Washington insider and humble engraver.

Modern sensibilities may be a bit perturbed by the comic use of the Condor's plight, but on the other hand it's a sober reminder of how little has changed that the plot would be just as plausible if remade today.

Wait for this hilariously obscene line in the middle of the movie, which somehow slipped by the censors: "Unpack that 16" gun!"


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Something for the Birds (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?