Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

George Sidney (2) (1963)

110min
U Certificate
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A wonderfully energetic and colourful adaptation of the smash Broadway hit, satirising the traumatic induction of one Elvis Presley into the US Army. Named Conrad Birdie here (a reference to contemporary country and western star Conway Twitty), this focuses on the legendary rocker bestowing "one last kiss" on a small-town girl, a gimmick started by the star's promoter, played by Dick Van Dyke re-creating his Broadway role. Splendid stuff and, although the satire has dated, the sheer exuberance of veteran Anchors Aweigh director George Sidney's guiding hand endures, as does the talent of vivacious Ann-Margret, who gets a specially written musical prologue. Lots of laughs along the way, especially from stage star Paul Lynde. Ironically, the "we love you, Conrad" chorus was later used to hail the Beatles.

Summary

A songwriter tries to organise a farewell performance for a popular rock 'n' roll singer who is about to be drafted into the US army. The event takes place in a small town, where the writer has to contend with a gaggle of screaming fans and his own domineering mother. Musical, starring Dick Van Dyke, Jesse Pearson, Janet Leigh and Ann-Margret.

Cast & Crew

Rosie DeLeon Janet Leigh
Albert Peterson Dick Van Dyke
Kim McAfee Ann-Margret
Mama Maureen Stapleton
Hugo Peabody Bobby Rydell
Conrad Birdie Jesse Pearson
Ed Sullivan Ed Sullivan
Mr McAfee Paul Lynde
Mrs McAfee Mary LaRoche
Claude Paisley Michael Evans (1)
Bob Precht Robert Paige
Borov Gregory Morton
Mayor Frank Albertson
John Daly John Daly
Director George Sidney (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
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