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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 27 May 1963 (Brazil)
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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Michael Stewart (book), Irving Brecher (screen play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Leigh ... Rosie DeLeon
Dick Van Dyke ... Albert F. Peterson
Ann-Margret ... Kim McAfee
Maureen Stapleton ... Mama Mae Peterson
Bobby Rydell ... Hugo Peabody
Jesse Pearson ... Conrad Birdie
Paul Lynde ... Harry McAfee
Mary LaRoche ... Doris McAfee
Michael Evans ... Claude Paisley
Robert Paige ... Bob Precht
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Maestro Borov
Bryan Russell ... Randolph McAfee
Milton Frome ... Mr. Maude
Ed Sullivan ... Ed Sullivan
Ben Astar ... Ballet Manager
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Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Trivia

Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde, both veterans of the 1960 Broadway hit, were displeased with the film version. Van Dyke especially felt it had become too much of a vehicle for Ann-Margret. In the Broadway version of the show, Van Dyke's role of Albert was much more prominent than that of Kim, who Ann-Margret played in the film version. In his autobiography, Van Dyke said he knew Ann-Margret's role was going to be expanded when he once came on the set and found her sitting in the lap of George Sidney, the director. Interestingly, in HER autobiography, Ann-Margret mentions being cast in the role and that the film was a big hit, but makes absolutely no mention of anything that happened during the filming. See more »

Goofs

The turtle that zooms off a table and out a door is clearly a prop mounted on top of a dolly several inches thick that holds the turtle above the table and floor. The prop must have wheels as it slides so smoothly across the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Daly: This is John Daly reporting with the CBS mobile unit in front of the nation's Capitol bringing you special on the spot coverage of our current teenage crisis over the drafting of Conrad Birdie. Sociologists agree that Birdie is a phenomenon. And for those few music lovers who have never attended one of his concerts, here are some news photos tracing his meteoric rise.
[brief satirically humorous montage of female teenage fans swooning over Conrad Birdie]
John Daly: And that, that is our army's...
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Crazy Credits

There is no "The End" credit or cast list at the end of the film. Ann-Margret simply sings an on-screen reprise of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" at the end, and then says " 'Bye, now!". See more »


Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Played briefly at the end of Conrad Birdie's song "Honestly Sincere"
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Fun 60's Musical!
30 May 2002 | by Blooeyz2001See all my reviews

The opening & closing scenes of Ann-Margaret singing "Bye Bye Birdie", against a blue screen, are absolutely sumptuous! Still very exciting almost 40 later! She played the role of Kim with plenty of sweet/sexy spunk. Dick Van Dyke looks like he finished filming an episode of his TV show, then went straight to this set for filming (complete with drab Dick Petrie suits). Janet Leigh's Rose DeLeon was stripped of her latin heritage (from the play), yet they gave her an ethnic look with that black hair (go figure). Her "singing" leaves a lot to be desired & her dance routine at Maude's Club was pretty unnecessary. Chita Rivera should have been recruited for the role. Bobby Rydell (popular singer of the day) is adorable, sweet, & innocent as Hugo with a pleasing lounge lizard voice & a great head of hair. Jesse Pearson is a little too bloated & long-in-the-tooth to be making teenage girls swoon. Maureen Stapleton is grating. That big, stupid fur coat she wore throughout the movie always gives me hot flashes. I kind of wished that oven she stuck her head in was gas instead of electric! Paul Lynde is at his hyper-neurotic funniest. The songs are cool. My favorites are "The Telephone Hour", "Honestly Sincere", "One Last Kiss", "One Boy", "A Lot Of Living To Do", & of course Ann-Margaret singing the theme!!!! ;)


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,129,412
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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