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The Birds and the Bees (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | May 1956 (USA)
On an ocean voyage, a card shark and her father cheat a naive man out of his money. Things take a twist when the girl falls in love with the man she's just fleeced.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Horace Hamilton
Marty Kennedy
Duc Jacques de Montaigne
Margery Maude ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Assistant Butler
Rex Evans ...
Burrows - Butler
Mrs. Burnside
Charlie Jenkins - Bartender


George 'Hotsy' Hamilton II, heir to a meat-packing fortune, returns home from an expedition in the Congo. On board a luxury cruise, he is charmed by con artist Jean Harris and her card shark father. The pair fleece Hotsy at the gambling tables. But just as Jean begins to fall in love with the naive Hotsy, he is informed of their true motivations. In retaliation, Jean unleashes a stunning new plan. But is she out for revenge or does she want him back? Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det surrar, det surrar  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie is a remake of The Lady Eve. See more »


Remake of The Lady Eve (1941) See more »


(The Same Thing Happens With) The Birds And The Bees
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by George Gobel and Mitzi Gaynor
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Far better than the original
25 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Birds and the Bees beats the Lady Eve for the simple reason that Henry Fonda isn't funny. The man can't do comedy to save his life. George Gobel is a hoot. Viewers would do well to stop comparing the two movies and accept it on its own terms. The scene between Gobel and Niven where they discuss a subject then clap their hands over each others mouths before the other can reveal anything is classic. David Niven was never funnier. Gobel wrote the book on playing bumbling ineptness, something Fonda couldn't approach. For me, it was Fonda who was miscast in the original movie. Anyway, give it a view and don't try comparing it to anything. You'll have a good time with it.

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