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The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 1964 (UK)
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

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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
Bibi Osterwald ...
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
Peter Duchin ...
Joe Daniels
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Doctor
Philippa Bevans ...
Emma Hambler
Jerry Jarrett ...
(as 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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You'll Flip for Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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18 June 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deux copines, un séducteur  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Among the numerous hassles that producer Jerome Hellman faced during production were problems with the craft unions and scheduling problems around Peter Sellers' other commitments. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Erica 'Boothy' Booth: I know, I went through the same thing with John Barrymore.
Marian Gilbert: Who?
Erica 'Boothy' Booth: What did you say?
Marian Gilbert: This guy you went through it with.
Erica 'Boothy' Booth: You mean you've never heard of John Barrymore?
Marian Gilbert: Nope
Erica 'Boothy' Booth: You've never even heard his name?
Marian Gilbert: Nope
Erica 'Boothy' Booth: Excuse me, it's later than I think.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Ghost World (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
By Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Possibly the best teenage-girlfriend movie ever made
4 February 2005 | by (Pennsylvania, U.S.) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at age 8, and it immediately became my favorite movie -- not just because of the natural acting, engaging cinematography, enchanting view of NYC, wonderful characterizations, all of which I didn't know I appreciated until later. Mainly -- AND THIS IS IMPORTANT IF YOU HAVE A DAUGHTER -- I loved it because it got across the magical, honest bond of best-friendship between girls.

How often does a girl find a movie that so genuinely AND unsentimentally presents girls as self-reliant and strong (with giddiness that makes them likable, not weak), or that presents the girlfriend bond as something so perfect and fun and full of adventure? In the 1960s, this was the only movie I saw that made me feel privileged to be female. Disney movies in the '60s tried to give girlhood equal time, but they still came from a boy's viewpoint -- as if to say, "Girls can have fun just like boys do." This movie doesn't do that -- it's far more sophisticated culturally and more hip to the truth about parents than any Disney movie ever was, and it's very grounded in how girls really are. George Roy Hill clearly understood what a real buddy movie is made of, regardless of age or gender (remember "The Sting"?).

I showed this film to my daughter when she was 12, and she loved it too. She's 18 now, and yesterday she went out and got the DVD -- because she says she saw it at a friend's house last week and realized that she still loves it. She's watching it as I write this.

A few notes about Merrie Spaeth: First, she became a well-known media consultant and political speechwriter, which is why the film "Wag the Dog" used her name for one of the actresses considered to play the peasant girl in the fake Albanian bombing newsreel. Also, the Spaeth family is a long-standing name among Philadelphia-area Quakers (although I have no idea if Merrie is from this area or is a Quaker)...but I once met a doctor in the area with the same name so I asked if he was related. He was, and he told me that -- in addition to the amazing notes you can read in her IMDb bio -- Merrie used to write for Superman comics. I think that is WAY cooler than writing speeches for Ronald Reagan; she should put Superman and Henry Orient at the top of her resume.


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