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The World of Henry Orient (1964)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  18 June 1964 (UK)
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A mischievous, adventuresome 14-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a schoolgirl crush on him.

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Stella Dunnworthy
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Isabel Boyd
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Frank Boyd
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Mrs. Avis Gilbert
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Erica 'Boothy' Booth
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Marian 'Gil' Gilbert
Tippy Walker ...
Valarie 'Val' Campbell Boyd
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Sidney
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Store Owner
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Joe Daniels
Fred Stewart ...
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Philippa Bevans ...
Emma Hambler
Jerry Jerrett
Jane Buchanan ...
Lillian Kafritz
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Henry Orient is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two 14-year-old fans. The girls, Val and Gil chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them - until Val's sexually promiscuous mother appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls' shenanigans. Written by alfiehitchie

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Step into the world of Henry Orient...and meet two junior-size misses and one king-size nut!

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Comedy | Drama

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18 June 1964 (UK)  »

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Deux copines, un séducteur  »

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Trivia

David Wayne, Robert Preston, Gig Young, Rex Harrison, Tony Randall, and Dick Van Dyke, were all sought for the role of Henry Orient. See more »

Goofs

The balcony audience directly behind the conductor are clearly cardboard cut-outs. See more »

Quotes

[Describing his encounter with "Gil" and "Val", during an intimate moment with Mrs. Dunnworthy]
Henry Orient: ...And then two small bladders came out of their mouths. And just when she was beginning to hum, too.
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Crazy Credits

introducing MERRIE SPAETH as "Gil" TIPPY WALKER as "Val" See more »

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Referenced in One Hour Photo (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Henry Orient Concerto
Music by Ken Lauber (as Kenneth Lauber)
Conducted and orchestrated by Ken Lauber (uncredited)
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This was also the Sixties
31 December 1998 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The sixties became The Sixties around the time of this film, 1964. There was a time, believe it or not, when kids played grown-up, instead of the other way around, as is the case today. Two cute girls are venturing from childhood to youth, in a benign Manhattan. They have a crush on a pianist-Lothario who happens to be Peter Sellers. You can imagine the complications - and the hilarity.

What makes this film so appealing is the way it portrays adolescent awakening as a completely unsordid and sweet experience. Yes, there is pathos, when the two discover how adults have turned their world into Henry Orient's world.

Although the cast is sterling all around, Tom Bosley is a standout as father to one of the girls, who helps put things to rights.

If the Kennedy assassination and Vietnam are cultural watersheds, then this film is a refreshing antidote; it gives the lie to the glib put-downs of the era by the current generation.


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