The World of Henry Orient (1964)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stella Dunnworthy
Isabel Boyd
Frank Boyd
Mrs. Avis Gilbert
Bibi Osterwald ...
Erica 'Boothy' Booth
Marian 'Gil' Gilbert
Tippy Walker ...
Valarie 'Val' Campbell Boyd
Store Owner
Peter Duchin ...
Joe Daniels
Fred Stewart ...
Philippa Bevans ...
Emma Hambler
Jerry Jarrett ...
(as Jerry Jerrett)
Jane Buchanan ...
Lillian Kafritz


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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Release Date:

18 June 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deux copines, un séducteur  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1967, a musical version "Henry, Sweet Henry" opened on Broadway. Both the film and the musical adaptation were directed by George Roy Hill. See more »


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


Stella Dunnworthy: This is exactly the sort of thing George would think of, little girl detectives that no one would suspect.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in One Hour Photo (2002) See more »


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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