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Bye Bye Birdie

  • Film

Time Out says

One of the more unsung '60s musicals, this is a big, splashy, Broadway-derived mix of boisterous rock'n'roll satire and breezy showbiz formulas. Hip-swivelling singing idol Conrad Birdie (Pearson in a juicy send-up of Elvis-style narcissism) gets drafted into the army, but not before his managers ('oldsters' Leigh and Van Dyke) arrange for him to bestow a last, symbolic kiss on one lucky Middle American Miss (Ann-Margret). Released just months before Kennedy's assassination, this enjoyable timepiece is notable today for its peppy score, energetic dancing, and for having made a star of the extremely nubile Ann-Margret, 22 passing for 16. Her fresh, wholesome eroticism fairly bursts off the screen.
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Release Details

  • Duration:112 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:George Sidney
  • Screenwriter:Irving Brecher
  • Cast:
    • Ann-Margret
    • Janet Leigh
    • Dick Van Dyke
    • Bobby Rydell
    • Maureen Stapleton
    • Jesse Pearson
    • Paul Lynde
    • Ed Sullivan
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