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As Long as They're Happy (1955)

A stockbroker's youngest daughter tricks an American singer into visiting her family at their suburban Wimbledon home. Her two sisters and their oddball husbands also visit and the ... See full summary »

Director:

J. Lee Thompson (as J. Lee-Thompson)

Writers:

Alan Melville, Vernon Sylvaine (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Buchanan ... John Bentley
Janette Scott ... Gwen Bentley
Jeannie Carson Jeannie Carson ... Pat Bentley (as Jean Carson)
Brenda de Banzie Brenda de Banzie ... Stella Bentley
Susan Stephen ... Corinne Bentley
Jerry Wayne Jerry Wayne ... Bobby Denver
Diana Dors ... Pearl Delaney
Hugh McDermott ... Barnaby Brady
David Hurst ... Dr. Hermann Schneider
Athene Seyler ... Mrs. Arbuthnot
Joan Sims ... Linda
Nigel Green ... Peter Pember
Dora Bryan ... May
Gilbert Harding Gilbert Harding ... Himself
Joan Hickson ... Barmaid
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A stockbroker's youngest daughter tricks an American singer into visiting her family at their suburban Wimbledon home. Her two sisters and their oddball husbands also visit and the stockbroker notes the effect of the singer on his lovelorn family. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor com Cebolas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Buchanan and Nigel Green repeats parts they had played in the original stage production this is based on. See more »

Goofs

At one point Bobby Denver refers to "braces". As an American he would use the term "suspenders". See more »

Quotes

Pearl Delaney: I'm an actress.
John Bentley: Legitimate?
Pearl Delaney: [in a huff] I didn't come here to be insulted!
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Bye Bye British Birdie
15 November 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Really, almost a warmup to the Strouse-Adams stage musical of five years later, in that it's about a teen-idol singer (a crooner here, rock and roll being just on the horizon) who invades an upper-middle-class suburban home, antagonizes the paterfamilias, enthralls his impressionable teenage daughter, and generally charms the women of the neighborhood. As the dad, Jack Buchanan mainly purses his lips and inserts nasal insults into the proceedings; he's nowhere near as broad as Paul Lynde, nor as funny. (But then, his lines are unusually feeble.) And he only gets one brief dance, near the end, and a smattering of vocals. David Hurst, as a cartoonish German shrink studying the effects of a teen heartthrob on the bourgeoisie, is just unforgivably bad. It's not all his fault: J. Lee Thompson, as he did years later with "What a Way to Go!", overemphasizes everything and hammers the comedy into the ground. Jerry Wayne, as the Conrad Birdie of the piece, sings some Johnnie Ray-type ballads with the right sobbing style. And Jeannie Carson, as another of Buchanan's girls, is the best thing in the picture, pretty and spirited and talented, even in an overproduced musical sequence that hasn't much to do with anything. There's also Diana Dors, the camera lingering lovingly on her cleavage, as a good-time party girl. None of it makes sense, the subplots are unrelated to each other, and there's no payoff, but as a chronicle of how the British tried to adopt American pop-culture customs even as they were satirizing them, it's kind of fascinating.


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