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Release Date:
18 June 1964 (UK) See more »
You'll Flip for Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Henry Orient

Paula Prentiss ... Stella Dunnworthy

Angela Lansbury ... Isabel Boyd

Tom Bosley ... Frank Boyd

Phyllis Thaxter ... Mrs. Avis Gilbert
Bibi Osterwald ... Erica Booth

Merrie Spaeth ... Marian Gilbert
Tippy Walker ... Valarie Campbell Boyd

John Fiedler ... Sidney

Al Lewis ... Store Owner
Peter Duchin ... Joe Daniels

Fred Stewart ... Doctor
Philippa Bevans ... Emma Hambler
Jerry Jarrett (as Jerry Jerrett)
Jane Buchanan ... Lillian Kafritz
Peter Turgeon ... Orchestra Member
William Hinnant
Colin Romoff
William LeMassena (as William Le Massena)

Claudia Morgan ... Drunk Woman at Christmas Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hermione Gingold ... (scenes deleted)
William J. Daprato ... Waiter (uncredited)
Timothy Gordon ... Man Holding Towel Before Concert (uncredited)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
Writing credits
Nora Johnson (screenplay) and
Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)

Nora Johnson (novel)

Produced by
Jerome Hellman .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman 
Arthur J. Ornitz 
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
Art Direction by
Jan Scott 
Set Decoration by
Ken Krausgill 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Phil Naso .... hair stylist
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert J. Anderson .... unit manager
Emmett Emerson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound editor (as Gilbert Marchant)
Robert Martin .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tex Hayes .... key grip
Muky .... still photographer
Don Stott .... electrician
Albert Taffet .... camera operator (as Al Taffet)
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Michael Andersen .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Glasser .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ken Lauber .... conductor: Henry Orient Concerto (uncredited)
Ken Lauber .... orchestrator: Henry Orient Concerto (uncredited)
Dave Pell .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ruth Deen .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Pan Arts (presents) (as Pan Arts Company)

Additional Details

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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The first time Elmer Bernstein scored a comedy.See more »
Continuity: During his concert, Henry's hair changes back and forth from neat to messed up.See more »
[Val induces a fantasy about Gil's divorced parents]
Valerie Boyd:Think your Dad will ever come back?
Marian Gilbert:Why can he? He's married and has a couple of kids.
Valerie Boyd:But how do you know he's happy?
Marian Gilbert:He's crazy about her.
Valerie Boyd:I know, but just suppose he suddenly realized his second marriage was a tragic mistake. His eyes are opened at last, and he knows now that your mother is the only woman he's ever loved in his whole life.
Marian Gilbert:I don't think there's much chance of that.
Valerie Boyd:So there's nothing to do but tell her the truth... the scond wife I mean. He's simply got to go back to the only woman he's loved in his whole life. Good-bye, second wife.
Marian Gilbert:You think that's really possible?
Valerie Boyd:Well, he's got no other choice. He can't go living a lie, can he? He's got to go back to his one true love.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (V)See more »
Henry Orient ConcertoSee more »


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64 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A magical film, 24 November 1999
Author: tjw-8 from Windsor, Canada

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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