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
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Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde, both veterans of the 1960 Broadway hit, were displeased with the film version. Van Dyke especially felt it had become too much of a vehicle for Ann-Margret. In the Broadway version of the show, Van Dyke's role of Albert was much more prominent than that of Kim, who Ann-Margret played in the film version. In his autobiography, Van Dyke said he knew Ann-Margret's role was going to be expanded when he once came on the set and found her sitting in the lap of George Sidney, the director. Interestingly, in HER autobiography, Ann-Margret mentions being cast in the role and that the film was a big hit, but makes absolutely no mention of anything that happened during the filming. See more »
Following the song "One Boy" Hugo tells Kim he has homework to do. As the camera pulls back the shadow of the boom mic can be seen on the ground. See more »
More than a musical, it's a celebration of an era!
I tend to agree with Alice from Orlando regarding this film. While "Bye Bye,
Birdie" is a terrific film with terrific performances, viewed today, it's
also a tribute to an era that we'll never get back. I completely agree with
those historians who feel that 1953 - 1963, the ten year period between the
end of the Korean War and that dark day in Dallas, was the last real "Era of
Good Feeling" in American history. By and large, we knew who we were, what
we were, and where we were going. Then came political assasination, the
"Summer of Love," Viet Nam, Watergate, et. al., and we have a society that's
not sure of anything anymore. Happily, there are films like "Bye Bye,
Birdie," made during the apex of the 1953-63 period, to remind those of us
who came of age during that era what we've lost, and to show those who
weren't there what it was like. Would that we all had a Sweetapple, Ohio, to
go back to again.
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