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 ...
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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
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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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