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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Approved  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary LaRoche ...
Michael Evans ...
Claude Paisley
Robert Paige ...
Bob Precht
Gregory Morton ...
Maestro Borov
Bryan Russell ...
Milton Frome ...
Mr. Maude
Ben Astar ...
Ballet Manager


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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Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío  »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rita Moreno was the initial choice for the role of Rosie, but turned down the part. See more »


The turtle that zooms off a table and out a door is clearly a prop mounted on top of a dolly several inches thick that holds the turtle above the table and floor. The prop must have wheels as it slides so smoothly across the floor. See more »


Doris McAfee: Randolph, your father's warned you. If you make another bomb, you'll get spanked.
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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 »


Referenced in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) See more »


One Boy
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Ann-Margret & Bobby Rydell
Reprised by Ann-Margret & Janet Leigh
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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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