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Bye Bye Birdie -- Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke star in this irresistible account of Elvis-mania in the 1950s. Based on the Broadway smash.
Bye Bye Birdie -- 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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Michael Stewart (book)
Irving Brecher (screen play)
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Release Date:
27 May 1963 (Brazil) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Janet Leigh ... Rosie DeLeon

Dick Van Dyke ... Albert F. Peterson

Ann-Margret ... Kim McAfee

Maureen Stapleton ... Mama Mae Peterson

Bobby Rydell ... Hugo Peabody

Jesse Pearson ... Conrad Birdie

Paul Lynde ... Harry McAfee
Mary LaRoche ... Doris McAfee
Michael Evans ... Claude Paisley
Robert Paige ... Bob Precht
Gregory Morton ... Maestro Borov
Bryan Russell ... Randolph McAfee
Milton Frome ... Mr. Maude

Ed Sullivan ... Ed Sullivan
Ben Astar ... Ballet Manager
Trudi Ames ... Ursula

Frank Albertson ... Sam - The Mayor
Beverly Yates ... Mayor's Wife
Frank Sully ... Maude's bartender
Bo Peep Karlin ... Ursula's Mother
Melinda Marx ... Teenager
Mell Turner ... Shriner
Gil Lamb ... Lanky Shriner

Lee Aaker ... Student leader
Karel Shimoff ... Prima Ballerina
Donald Lawton ... Russian Consul
Yvonne White ... Telephone Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Adamo ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Richard Adams ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tommy Alexander ... Teenager (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Good Humor Man (uncredited)
Babette Bain ... Teenager (uncredited)
Tony Benson ... Fred (uncredited)
Evelyn Bernauer ... Joan (uncredited)
Ray Bloch ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Melinda Clasky ... Margie (uncredited)

Lesley-Marie Colburn ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
John Daly ... John Daly (uncredited)

Kim Darby ... Teenager (uncredited)
Ric de Azevedo ... Teenager (uncredited)
Sheila Dehner ... Sheila (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Mr. Nebbitt (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Robert Dulaine ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Lynn Fields ... Teenager (uncredited)
Gretchen Goertz ... Teenager (uncredited)
Stephanie Gorman ... Teenager (uncredited)
Sherry Granato ... Nancy (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... TV Director (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ralph Hart ... Teenager (uncredited)

Linda Henning ... Teenager (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
Bud Houghton ... Russian Aide (uncredited)
Clyde Howdy ... Man (uncredited)
Bruce Hoy ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Elaine Joyce ... Teenager (uncredited)
Ina Kent ... Girl (uncredited)
Jack Konzal ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dancing Shriner (uncredited)
Pete Menefee ... Harvey Johnson (uncredited)
Mark Meyer ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Tod Miller ... Ralph (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Lodge Member (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Frances O'Farrell ... Secretary (uncredited)

Jerry Orbach ... Bob - Ed Sullivan Show Producer (uncredited)
Michael Panaieff ... Russian Aide (uncredited)
Melody Patterson ... Teenager (uncredited)
George Perina ... Russian Aide (uncredited)
Justin Peters ... Sycophant Boy (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Constable (uncredited)
The Ray Bloch Orchestra ... Orchestra (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Prince (uncredited)
John Roy ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)

Evelyn Rudie ... Teenager (uncredited)
Michael Ryan ... Twin (uncredited)
Pat Ryan ... Twin (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Production Crew Member (uncredited)
Nina Schneider ... Teenager (uncredited)
Johnny Scoggins ... Carl (uncredited)
Hazel Shermet ... Marge - Birdie's Secretary (uncredited)
Michael Smith ... Teenager (uncredited)
Tommy Speer ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
George Spicer ... Tommy (uncredited)
Nancy Spry ... Penelope (uncredited)
Debbie Stern ... Debbie (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Martin E. Wade ... Teenager (uncredited)
Keith Wegeman ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Kathy West ... Teenager (uncredited)
Robert Whiting ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Leader of Fireman's Band (uncredited)
George Winters ... Teenager (uncredited)
Lorene Yarnell Jansson ... Hugo's Dance Partner at Soda Shop (uncredited)

George Zoritch ... Prince (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
Writing credits
Michael Stewart (book by: Based upon the play "Bye, Bye, Birdie")

Irving Brecher (screen play)

Produced by
Fred Kohlmar .... producer
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
Production Design by
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist: Miss Leigh
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Helena Rubenstein .... teen-age makeup creator
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Silver .... assistant director (as Dave Silver)
Pat Corleto .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Charles Granucci .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Harry Foy .... recordist (uncredited)
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Geza Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
Marvin Willens .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Blaisdell .... key grip (uncredited)
Albert McIntyre .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Seldon White .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Barto .... costumes: Miss Leigh
Marjorie Wahl .... wardrobe co-ordinator (as Marjorie B. Wahl)
Ed Ware .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Norman August .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Johnny Green .... conductor
Johnny Green .... music arranger
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Johnny Green .... orchestrator
Fred Karger .... music co-ordinator
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (as Al Woodbury)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Conrad Gozzo .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Igo Kantor .... music editor (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Other crew
L. Slade Brown .... in association with: Edward Padula
Gower Champion .... directed & choreographed by: New York play production
Milton Feldman .... production assistant
Edward V. Padula .... produced on Broadway by (as Edward Padula)
Tom Panko .... assistant choreographer (as Tommy Panko)
Onna White .... choreographer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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112 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (No. 20408) | USA:G (certificate #34391) (1996)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: After singing the final line of "One Boy," Rosie sits down on the balcony steps and wraps her arms around a support post. As the camera pulls away near a tree branch, the film cuts to a different take and Rosie's hands aren't in the same position as they were a split second before.See more »
Harry McAfee:Nice? Heh HEH! I know that show business crowd - probably living in sin.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)See more »
The Shriner's BalletSee more »


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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Amazing must-see!!!!!, 3 November 2004
Author: Chanandler_Bong

I don't really like musicals, because they always turn out sappy and overromantic. Yet Bye Bye Birdie was truly great. I watched it once, then at least a dozen more times after.

Janet Leigh, Ann-Margaret, and Dick Van Dyke were all exceptionally good actor/actresses. The songs and singing were phenomenal, and the expressions on their faces even better.

Jesse Pearson plays Conrad Birdie, the 'hottie' rockstar of his time. Kim McAfee (Ann-Margaret) is his biggest fan, and the leader of his fan club. Much to everyones dismay, Conrad Birdie is about to be drafted and no one can obviously do much about it. He has a contest for girls to be chosen for his Farewell Kiss, which will be shown live on TV. Kim is ecstatic when she is chosen.

Truly a funny but touching musical. *****/***** stars. Definitaly recommended.

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