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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  27 May 1963 (Brazil)
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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

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Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adeus, Amor  »

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(RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Conrad Birdie was a parody of Elvis Presley and the play was based upon the furor that arose from Presley being drafted in 1958. The character's name, however, was the result of composers Charles Strouse and Lee Adams finding the name of real-life singer Conway Twitty far more humorous and safer to parody than Elvis. Interestingly, Conway Twitty was in the US Army first, before starting his singing career. Ironically, the show's producers originally wanted Presley for the role of Conrad Birdie. Presley was interested, but his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, refused to let Presley play a role spoofing himself. See more »

Goofs

When the turtle accelerates up some steps and out of an open door, you can see a clear ramp over the steps that allowed the turtle prop to slide cleanly up and out. See more »

Quotes

Mae Peterson: Goodbye, Rosie.
Rose DeLeon: Goodbye, Mae.
Mae Peterson: Call me Mrs. Peterson.
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Crazy Credits

There is no "The End" credit or cast list at the end of the film. Ann-Margret simply sings an on-screen reprise of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" at the end, and then says " 'Bye, now!". See more »

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Soundtracks

The Telephone Song
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Bobby Rydell, Trudi Ames and the Sweet Apple Teenagers
Parts dubbed by an uncredited Jimmy Bryant
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Jesse Pearson Rules!!!
26 April 2000 | by (huntersville,n.c.) – See all my reviews

My all-time favorite musical,even if I've never seen the Broadway version.Probably just as well,because after seeing the movie version as many times as I have,seeing the theater version would probably be a BIG disappointment.What's not to like about this movie?Only a stuffed-shirt theater snob would hate this picture.Great cast,great songs,cool choreography....and the late,great Jesse Pearson as the man himself,Conrad Birdie.Watch it WHENEVER you get the chance!!!


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