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The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 1964 (UK)
A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Nora Johnson (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Henry Orient
Paula Prentiss ... Stella Dunnworthy
Angela Lansbury ... Isabel Boyd
Tom Bosley ... Frank Boyd
Phyllis Thaxter ... Mrs. Avis Gilbert
Bibi Osterwald ... Erica Booth
Merrie Spaeth ... Marian Gilbert
Tippy Walker ... Valarie Campbell Boyd
John Fiedler ... Sidney
Al Lewis ... Store Owner
Peter Duchin Peter Duchin ... Joe Daniels
Fred Stewart ... Doctor
Philippa Bevans Philippa Bevans ... Emma Hambler
Jerry Jarrett Jerry Jarrett ... (as Jerry Jerrett)
Jane Buchanan Jane Buchanan ... Lillian Kafritz
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Storyline

Henry Orient is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two 14-year-old fans. The girls, Val and Gil chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them - until Val's sexually promiscuous mother appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls' shenanigans. Written by alfiehitchie

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When two junior size misses meet one king-size nut. It's fun, fresh, welcome as Springtime See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux copines, un séducteur See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pan Arts See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first time Elmer Bernstein scored a comedy. See more »

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When Peter Sellers is rifling through the phone book looking for an airline he comes down to flipping single pages then suddenly flips a bunch of pages and immediately finds the number. See more »

Quotes

[Val induces a fantasy about Gil's divorced parents]
Valerie Boyd: Think your Dad will ever come back?
Marian Gilbert: Why can he? He's married and has a couple of kids.
Valerie Boyd: But how do you know he's happy?
Marian Gilbert: He's crazy about her.
Valerie Boyd: I know, but just suppose he suddenly realized his second marriage was a tragic mistake. His eyes are opened at last, and he knows now that your mother is the only woman he's ever loved in his whole life.
Marian Gilbert: I don't think there's much chance of that.
Valerie Boyd: So there's nothing to do but tell her the truth... the ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

introducing MERRIE SPAETH as "Gil" TIPPY WALKER as "Val" See more »

Connections

Featured in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Henry Orient Concerto
Music by Ken Lauber (as Kenneth Lauber)
Conducted and orchestrated by Ken Lauber (uncredited)
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An unexpectedly pleasurable gem!
23 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

I wasn't quite prepared for how much I enjoyed this sophisticated (but certainly not too much so) romp when I caught it during its first-run release. I thought it so well-executed in every department that I was delighted to note that it's now available in a DVD edition with its Panavision widescreen ratio restored. But unfortunately the audio element is so bad (requiring turning the volume way up to even begin to hear the dialogue, and a music score that's mangled beyond belief) that I had to return the disc for a refund. Fortunately Turner Classic Movies recently showed it and the soundtrack was not a problem, making possible a fairly decent high-fidelity VHS recording.

The two young actresses who played the very natural but entirely madcap duo who precipitate most of the plot's ins-'n-outs are completely charming and they are supported by an extraordinarily well-chosen cast of top-notch professionals. Angela Lansbury, never an actress to shrink from the somewhat less savory aspects of a character she's playing, strikes just the right note as a socialite whose maternal instincts are close to non-existent. I do remember wishing that Paula Prentiss had been given more to do, but I suppose getting mistaken for Jayne Mansfield (in one of the film's funnier sequences) wasn't something to be sneezed at. As the film's title character, Peter Sellers wasn't permitted by director George Roy Hill to unbalance the proceedings. And it certainly seems that scenarist Nora Johnson had inherited more than a modicum of her father Nunnally's professional good taste. This one is a treat for all but the dyspeptic and the excessively demanding.


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