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Bye Bye Birdie (Columbia 1963, Janet Leigh, Ann-Margret)

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie is a playful Elvis spoof based on Michael Stewart’s musical about one last kiss between a teen idol named Conrad Birdie, who is headed for the Army, and a fan chosen at random. A cast loaded with talent makes this a wonderful excursion into the time when rock ‘n’ roll hit small-town America.

Ann-Margret has understated sex appeal as the fan; Dick Van Dyke is humorously desperate as a songwriter trying to get Birdie to cover one of his tunes; and Paul Lynde is joyfully over-the-top as the uncomprehending parent faced with rock ‘n’ roll mania.

Bye Bye Birdie performers Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde reprise their popular roles from the original 1960 Broadway production by Charles Strouse & Lee Adams.

Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Score and Sound. Leigh, Stapleton, and Sullivan turn in fine performances.”

Cast: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Maureen Stapleton, Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Jesse Pearson, Ed Sullivan, Paul Lynde, Robert Paige

Director: George Sidney
Producer: Fred Kohlmar
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Editor: Charles Nelson
Composers: Johnny Green, Charles Strouse
Screenwriter: Irving Brecher
Choreographer: Onna White

USA / Columbia / 112 minutes / 1963