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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 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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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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Trivia

This movie is a remake of The Lady Eve. See more »

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Remake of The Lady Eve (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

(The Same Thing Happens With) The Birds And The Bees
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by George Gobel and Mitzi Gaynor
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For the birds mostly, except for Mitze, who buzzes around, looking elegant.
14 March 2018 | by weezeralfalfaSee all my reviews

Most reviewers compare this film unfavorably with it's model: "The Lady Eve", staring Henry Fonda and Barbara Streisand. I haven't seen the earlier film, so can't compare them. I never was favorably impressed with George Gobel's humor when he was a TV star, and I'm not much impressed with his humor in this film, the obvious being his running into waiters carrying full trays. Oh yes, in one seen, Gobel is talking to Mitzi Gainer, and goes up a stairs , not noticing that she kept walking forward. He briefly ran into another lady listener, then descended another stirs, to rejoin Mitzi again.......The latter part of the film ,where Mitzy and David Niven pretend to be a couple of French aristocrats, whom Gobel has never seen, is an unconvincing masquerade. The only thing different about Mitzi was her pseudo-French accent, which I though was very good. Niven just added a goatee to supposedly disguise himself. Any fool(except Gobel) would have immediately recognized them as the same pair Gobel interacted with on the ocean cruise.(Gobel later claims he knew all the time, but didn't let on). Through most of the film, it's not always clear whether Mitzi is a gold digger, or, as she claims, has fallen in love with the clumsy, if wealthy, Gobel(very hard to believe). Mitzi comes across as a foxy elegant woman, very animated and beautiful. She and Gobel get to sing and dance a bit to the title song, which probably will sound familiar.


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