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Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1971)

A family reacts to the return of the patriarch who abandoned them seven years prior.



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Cast overview:
Harold Ryan
Dr. Norbert Woodley
Herb Shuttle
Looseleaf Harper
Paul Ryan
Wanda June
Pamela Saunders ...
Mildred Ryan
Louis Turenne ...
Major von Koningswald
C.C. Whitney ...
Mrs. Kestenbaum
Lester Goldsmith ...
Mr. Kestenbaum (as Lester M. Goldsmith)


A family reacts to the return of the patriarch who abandoned them seven years prior.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

9 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s Happy Birthday, Wanda June  »

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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Happy Birthday, Wanda June" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. opened at the Edison Theater on December 22, 1970, ran for 96 performances and closed on March 14, 1971. See more »


Penelope Ryan: Doctor Woodley, I would like you to meet Harold, my husband. Harold, I would like you to meet Doctor Woodley, my fiancé. Goodnight dear
[kisses Harold]
Penelope Ryan: goodnight dear
[kisses Dr Woodley]
Penelope Ryan: . Stay or go; talk or sulk; laugh or cry - as you wish. Do whatever seems called for. My mind is gone. Good night.
[she closes and locks door]
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

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The Jungle Blunderbuss vs. The City Violinist
28 September 2003 | by (New York, Toronto) – See all my reviews

I can't believe only one other person has commented on this movie! I guess it must be virtually pulled from circulation. I haven't seen it for years, but i've always remembered it and have been looking for it ever since one chance viewing on late night TV.

I just thought it was brilliant but have subsequently learned that critics thought it was horrible. oh well.

it felt like a drama by a great playwright. primal man vs. refined culture. outdoorsman vs. city folk. men vs. women.

and it's played to the hilt by Steiger and William Hickey. Hickey gives one of those most wonderful, funny, quirky, memorable performances i've ever seen in a film. and Steiger very effectively makes you hate him, playing this full-of-himself a*shole to the hilt -- but who can also appeal to any burgeoning Thoreauvian, or maybe even xtreme sports enthusiast.

there are some very funny scenes involving a violin that obviously symbolizes refined culture. There's almost something of a Simpsons in this -- an adult comedic violent film version of Homer vs. Lisa.

there's gotta be some reason this has been pulled from circulation cuz it's just too good and weird to not make more frequent appearances on the second-string movie channels. if you ever get a chance to see it, i say, email me and lemmi know when it's on! and don't miss it.

William Hickey: Thanks for being here!

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