7 user 1 critic

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.



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1943, an Allied hospital-ship is sunk by the Japanese in the South-Pacific where a nurse and a Marine become marooned on an island abandoned by natives.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Actor Jason Steel plays a caring, godlike doctor on television. Off the set, he's the insecure fiancé of pretty art teacher Melissa. Jason doesn't know what to expect of marriage, ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, Martin Balsam
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton
Scared Stiff (1953)
Comedy | Horror | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fleeing a murder charge, a busboy and a nightclub singer wind up on a spooky Caribbean island inherited by an heiress.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Lizabeth Scott
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Prudence is on the pill; so is her sister-in-law, but someone has been swapping aspirin for their pills. Is it the teen-age niece, the maid, the chauffeur, a lover, Prudence's husband, or ... See full summary »

Directors: Fielder Cook, Ronald Neame
Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Robert Coote
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Major Thompson, an Englishman living in France, comments in his memoirs on the peculiarities of his French wife and friends.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Jack Buchanan, Martine Carol, Noël-Noël
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A bored housewife seeks help from a psychiatrist who also solves his own emotional problems.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Dan Dailey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An average television repairman must care for the newborn triplets of his former hometown sweetheart, now a famous movie star, so her career will not suffer.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Larry Larkin's comic strip needs some freshening up, he calls in ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. Things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for ... See full summary »

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, George Sanders
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Ezio Pinza, Janet Leigh, Millard Mitchell
Lady L (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Lady L. is an elegant, elderly lady who recalls the past loves and lusty adventures she has lived through.

Director: Peter Ustinov
Stars: Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, David Niven


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ocean liner | See All (1) »


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det surrar, det surrar  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Remake of The Lady Eve (1941) See more »


La Parisienne
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Mitzi Gaynor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Judge for yourself
7 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Unless you are a big George Gobel fan I'm not sure you'll like The Birds And The Bees. Especially after you've seen the Preston Sturges classic The Lady Eve which this is a remake of. I wonder how Preston Sturges felt about Gobel taking over a part that was created by Henry Fonda.

One thing though, while Mitzi Gaynor got an opportunity to sing and dance a pair of numbers, one of them a duet with Gobel she sure lacks the spark that Barbara Stanwyck brought to the part of the female card shark. Glad they put those numbers in for her, giving her a chance to do what she does best.

David Niven is third billed and takes over the part of Gaynor's father which Charles Coburn played in the original. Due to his star status his part is built up somewhat. They gave him a touch of gray in his hair and Niven looked older than 46 years at the time. Three years later Niven and Gaynor would be playing husband and wife in Happy Anniversary.

Try as I might I can't conceive that Gaynor would waste her time with Gobel unless it was the millions that he had. See The Lady Eve before you see this one and judge for yourself.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page