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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rosie DeLeon
... Albert F. Peterson
... Kim McAfee
... Mama Mae Peterson
... Hugo Peabody
... Conrad Birdie
... Harry McAfee
Mary LaRoche ... Doris McAfee
... Claude Paisley
... Bob Precht
Gregory Morton ... Maestro Borov
... Randolph McAfee
... Mr. Maude
... Ed Sullivan
... Ballet Manager
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Storyline

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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27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,129,412
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at the Martin Beck Theater on April 14, 1960, ran for 607 performances and won the 1961 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Dick Van Dyke recreated his 1961 Tony Award winning performance for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in this filmed production. See more »

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Kim says, "I think Harry took the news about Hugo and I awfully well," instead of "about Hugo and me". See more »

Quotes

Kim McAfee: Harry, do you have a cigarette? I've run out.
Harry McAfee: So have I, how 'bout my pipe?
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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 »


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Honestly Sincere
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Jesse Pearson
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Single best reason to watch
8 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

It's not the amiable performance of Dick Van Dyke, emerging as a star.

It's not the fresh-from-the-shower Janet Leigh as Rosie.

It's not the pretty good Broadway score.

It's not the always-funny Paul Lynde, leering and lavender, an unlikely mouthpiece for the eternal frustrations of fatherhood. (Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!)

It's certainly not the hokey and unconvincing and undangerous Elvis/Conway Twitty rock'n'roller who looks like he just came from a gig at the used car lot.

And it's not the silly subplots involving Russians and amphetamines and Ed Sullivan (although nice to see the wooden, totemic variety show host reanimated again.)

It is, of course, Ann-Margaret, impossibly young and beautiful.

But let's be more specific. It is not her sinfully delicious performance generally.

It is this: Ann-Margaret, alone before a backdrop, singing the theme at the very beginning and end of the movie. It is Ann Margaret fired up with sensual energy and burning through a song that is not inherently sexy.

Oh, Lord: righteous.

I was 13. I saw the movie, but *experienced* Ann-Margaret's opening and closing.

I've never recovered.


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