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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The pianist's unusual surname - Orient - was inspired by real-life concert pianist Oscar Levant. The word "levant" means orient in French. Nora Johnson, who wrote the novel on which the movie was based (and co-wrote the screenplay with her father, Nunally Johnson), said that she and a friend had a crush on Levant when they were schoolgirls. See more »

Goofs

The balcony audience directly behind the conductor are clearly cardboard cut-outs. 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 Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Henry Orient Concerto
Music by Ken Lauber (as Kenneth Lauber)
Conducted and orchestrated by Ken Lauber (uncredited)
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Paula Prentiss, Paula Prentiss, Paula Prentiss
18 May 2004 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

I loved this hilarious movie as a teenager and own the video of it

as an adult. The story of two young girls who sweetly stalk a

concert pianist, played with insane panache by Peter Sellars, is

one of the nicest coming-of-age movies of that era. Set in New

York, her is a surprisingly sophisticated and gentle comedy you'll

enjoy over and over again.

Sellars's clueless, womanizing virtuoso never strikes a false

comic note. He's wildly inventive, never more so than in his

scenes with the gorgeous Paula Prentiss as the way-too-nervous

object of his lust. Playing a married woman who is flattered by his

attentions, Prentiss manages to look glamorous and on the verse

of a nervous breakdown all at once. Why this spectacularly gifted

comic actress didn't make it to the top is a mystery to me.

Angela Lansbury's socialite bitch of a mother is another one of her

classic nasty lady roles. Nobody can look down her nose with the

authority of Lansbury. Yes she got found acceptance and respect

on Broadway and on television, but she was a first-rate character

actress on screen too.

Tom Bosley is sympathetic as Tippy Walker's father and Phyllis

Thaxter exudes motherly warmth as Mary Spaeth's divorced Mom.

The Walker and Spaeth should have had futures as screen

actors. Alas, it was not to be. But they are delightful as the young

girls on the verse of womanhood, with a terrific crush on an

undeserving idol.

Nora and Nunnelly Johnson's script (he of course, a Hollywood

legend) wrote a sharp, funny and observant screenplay that is

respectful of teenagers and the adults. George Roy Hill is not a

great director, but when given good material, he rises to the

occasion as he does here. A real gem.


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