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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.

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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

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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Judge for yourself
7 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Unless you are a big George Gobel fan I'm not sure you'll like The Birds And The Bees. Especially after you've seen the Preston Sturges classic The Lady Eve which this is a remake of. I wonder how Preston Sturges felt about Gobel taking over a part that was created by Henry Fonda.

One thing though, while Mitzi Gaynor got an opportunity to sing and dance a pair of numbers, one of them a duet with Gobel she sure lacks the spark that Barbara Stanwyck brought to the part of the female card shark. Glad they put those numbers in for her, giving her a chance to do what she does best.

David Niven is third billed and takes over the part of Gaynor's father which Charles Coburn played in the original. Due to his star status his part is built up somewhat. They gave him a touch of gray in his hair and Niven looked older than 46 years at the time. Three years later Niven and Gaynor would be playing husband and wife in Happy Anniversary.

Try as I might I can't conceive that Gaynor would waste her time with Gobel unless it was the millions that he had. See The Lady Eve before you see this one and judge for yourself.


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