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!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 June 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deux copines, un séducteur  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shot from June to October 1963. See more »


When Peter Sellers is rifling through the phone book looking for an airline he comes down to flipping single pages then suddenly flips a bunch of pages and immediately finds the number. See more »


[Gil has smuggled food into her room for Val, who has runaway from home]
Marian Gilbert: If you'd let me tell Mom, I could get some cranberry sauce too.
Valerie Boyd: No, no matter how nice they are, they all belong to the same club, or union, or something. And the minute it's about a daughter, Boom! Straight to the telephone.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) See more »


Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
By Sergei Rachmaninoff
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A magical film
24 November 1999 | by (Windsor, Canada) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it came out in 1964. I must have been about 8 years old. I loved it then, and have watched it many times since. It is one of those rare, quiet films that not only succeeds as a comedy, amusing to both children and adults, but also as a touching drama, with many poignant moments.

The cast is uniformly excellent, with Peter Sellers and Paula Prentiss providing most of the comedy, as they try to have an illicit romance while being pursued all over New York by the love-struck teenagers, played with charming veracity by Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker.

I was particularly impressed by the way George Roy Hill was able to convey the thoughts and emotions of the two girls with such nuance and understatement. For example, when the clock strikes 6:00pm and the girls glance at each other we immediately know what they are both thinking. I sorely miss this kind of film-making.

I enjoyed George Roy Hill's later films such as Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and The Sting, but for my money, this is his masterpiece.

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