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Something for the Birds (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | October 1952 (USA)
Enviromentalist Anne Richards goes to Washington D. C. to fight for getting legislation passed to save the last remaining sanctuary of the almost-extinct California Condor. She enlists the ... See full summary »


Robert Wise


Alvin M. Josephy (story and screenplay), Joseph Petracca (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Steve Bennett
Patricia Neal ... Anne Richards
Edmund Gwenn ... 'Admiral' Johnnie Adams
Larry Keating ... Roy Patterson
Gladys Hurlbut ... Della Rice
Hugh Sanders ... Jim Grady
Christian Rub ... Leo Fischer
Wilton Graff ... Taylor
Archer MacDonald ... T. Courtney Lemmer
Richard Garrick ... Chandler
Ian Wolfe ... Foster
Russell Gaige Russell Gaige ... Winthrop
John Brown John Brown ... Mr. Lund
Camillo Guercio Camillo Guercio ... Duncan
Joan Miller Joan Miller ... Mac


Enviromentalist Anne Richards goes to Washington D. C. to fight for getting legislation passed to save the last remaining sanctuary of the almost-extinct California Condor. She enlists the aid of Johnnie Adams, an engraver, and Washington's most successful party-crasher, and Steve Bennett, a lobbyist for the opposition who comes over to Anne's side. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Original cast announced were Anne Baxter, Paul Douglas, and Victor Moore. The film stalled in pre-production and Douglas left Fox and was replaced by Dana Andrews. Baxter dropped out and was replaced by Jeanne Crain, but her pregnancy stalled the picture some more until shooting finally began in May 1952 with Patricia Neal, Victor Mature, and Edmund Gwenn. See more »


'Admiral' Johnnie Adams: You know how it is in Washington - the more you deny something, the more everybody believes it.
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Illogical...but enjoyable.
4 November 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In "Something for the Birds" you get a history lesson on how government works...and it's not always a happy and nice lesson! Like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", it talks about the nastier aspects at times, as it follows a lobbyist and shows how deals get made. But, unlike the Capra movie, this one is all about romance and comedy and takes a lighter look at Congressional 'gifts'.

The story begins with Anne (Patricia Neal) crashes a Washington party in order to try to influence people about the plight of the California Condor...a bird that is still on the brink of extinction today. Unfortunately, she meets two people who might not be the best to meet under the circumstances...the Admiral (Edmund Gwenn) and a professional lobbyist, Steve Bennett (Victor Mature). Why? Well, while the Admiral is sympathetic and even helps Anne in her campaign, he's NOT a real admiral and has been posing as one for years in order to attend all the best parties! And, with Steve, she has just started a friendship with a guy whose company is lobbying against saving the Condors! How does all this work out and will there be a happily ever after for everyone...including the Condors?

Despite being highly idealistic (especially in regard to the 'Admiral' when his ruse is discovered), the film also does give insights into the sleazy world of lobbying. It also makes for a dandy rom-com....one well worth seeing and quite enjoyable.

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Release Date:

October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Defensora das Aves See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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