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The Birds and the Bees (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | May 1956 (USA)
On an ocean voyage, a card shark and her father cheat a naive man out of his money. Things take a twist when the girl falls in love with the man she's just fleeced.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Preston Sturges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Gobel ... George 'Hotsy' Hamilton II
Mitzi Gaynor ... Jean Harris
David Niven ... Colonel Patrick Henry Harris
Reginald Gardiner ... Gerald
Fred Clark ... Horace Hamilton
Harry Bellaver ... Marty Kennedy
Hans Conried ... Duc Jacques de Montaigne
Margery Maude Margery Maude ... Mrs. Hamilton
Clinton Sundberg ... Purser
Milton Frome ... Assistant Butler
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Burrows - Butler
King Donovan ... Waiter
Mary Treen ... Mrs. Burnside
Charles Lane ... Charlie Jenkins - Bartender
Bartlett Robinson ... Guest
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Storyline

George 'Hotsy' Hamilton II, heir to a meat-packing fortune, returns home from an expedition in the Congo. On board a luxury cruise, he is charmed by con artist Jean Harris and her card shark father. The pair fleece Hotsy at the gambling tables. But just as Jean begins to fall in love with the naive Hotsy, he is informed of their true motivations. In retaliation, Jean unleashes a stunning new plan. But is she out for revenge or does she want him back? Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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This movie is a remake of The Lady Eve. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Lady Eve (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

La Parisienne
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Mitzi Gaynor
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The Birds and the Bees out shines TheLady Eve
12 August 2008 | by shazam1950See all my reviews

A much better remake than it has a right to be. The improvements over the original includes a much better musical score, the advent of color.and the addition of the 2 leads Mitzi Gaynor and George Gobel. Hank Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck are physically well matched so it is hard to swallow her character not being attracted to his character. For the remake because Mitzi and George are so mismatched physically, and there seems to be chemistry between the two principals the romance works. The screen play trims some of the fat off the supporting characters Fred Clark always shines with the brunt of the story focused on the main leads. The casting of George Gobel using his television alter ego as an innocent over an obvious ploy by what should be another fortune hunter is delicious for me. The supporting cast rounds out a formula musical comedy. I look forward to a DVD copy of this movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det surrar, det surrar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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