The musical numbers choreographed by Onna White , are exceptional. Kim McAfee Ann-Margret turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much to the chagrin of her ever irritable father Paul Lynde and her jealous boyfriend Bobby Rydell. ¿Querría decirme qué es, si es que acaso lo sabe? From this rather inauspicious start, we momentarily digress to the upstairs Manhattan songwriting offices of Albert Peterson Dick Van Dyke who desperately needs Conrad Birdie to sing one of his lyrics and make it a hit. On a personal note, my father tragically died early in 1964 so this movie does bring back very special memories for me Other than that, while it's in no way a break through in cinema, it's sheer joy from beginning to end. The film is a fun, bright, pseudo-satire of the generation gap, teens, Elvis, and most of all, Ed Sullivan!! The second act appears to be repetitive and tiresome. And it's not the silly subplots involving Russians and amphetamines and Ed Sullivan although nice to see the wooden, totemic variety show host reanimated again.
But 1963 wrought other changes to the American music scene; the so-called British invasion set into motion by The Beatles. I am usually in the corner of those who complain about how Hollywood generally altered many classic Broadway stage musicals into something radically different when they were made into movies. It is not her sinfully delicious performance generally. But listening to them sing these songs is like enjoying a great cast album that, in visual terms, truly lets one down. By that time it was only too clear to savvy adults that Elvis Presley and rock'n'roll had been thoroughly co-opted and mainstreamed by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. The kiss means absolutely nothing to Conrad.
Being a female I can say I see that Ann-Margaret looks great in this film and I understand why so many of the male people who have commented here have spoken at length about her performance. I tend to agree with Alice from Orlando regarding this film. There is some very slight boxiness to the midrange here that is most evident in the musical moments, but it may not even rise to the level of recognition, let alone annoyance, to all but the most persnickety audiophiles. And I still find it entertaining whenever I take out the old video of it and watch it again. Rating: 4 stars I recall first seeing this film when it was released on the big screen and I was a young child. My all-time favorite musical,even if I've never seen the Broadway version. After years of fame on Broadway, Maureen Stapleton was now famous enough on screen to garner the role of Van Dyke's harpy mother, clad in mink coat and rubbers covering sensible shoes.
Young, excitable Kim MacAfee Ann-Margret's star-making role is chosen to give rocker sensation Conrad Birdie Jesse Pearson a kiss before he joins the U. Bye Bye Birdie played on the then well known news of one Elvis Presley having been drafted into the Army, serving up a deliciously wry slice of social commentary and satire that featured an absolutely infectious score by a team no one had heard of before the musical opened, composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Lee Adams. As with most Twilight Time releases, we also get an isolated score to compliment, plus the original theatrical trailer. Actress, singer and dancer Ann-Margret arrives for the funeral of Marvin Hamlisch, in New York's Temple Emanu-El, Tuesday, Aug. Director George Sidney was a veteran of many big screen musicals and he proves to be a dab hand behind the camera shooting glorious long takes of the major numbers - a breath of fresh air. Yes, it's definitely a relic of the early sixties, but that somehow only adds to its allure now in the early 21st century.
And many of these titles need restoration, so who pays for it? Sony Home Entertainment, via Twilight Time, has given us yet another sumptuous hi-def presentation in original 2. But putting this temporal issues aside, the film is breezy, bright and incredibly colorful, with fizzy performances, some laugh out loud funny moments, and that infectious Strouse-Adams score. The teenagers are all boy and girl-crazy, but there's nothing more than brief, very chaste kissing in the movie. Otherwise, there's little that parents need to think twice about in the high-school musical. She's really hard to take, especially when she pushes her way between Lynde and his wife as they sit alone in the school auditorium. I imagine Birdie will, too.
That big, stupid fur coat she wore throughout the movie always gives me hot flashes. I was ten when I first saw it, and though I enjoyed it a lot of it went way over my head. An excellent piece of musical film-making. The scenes explode with color like a Sunday morning newspaper comic strip come to life and the image is remarkable with a moderate but hardly noticeable amount of grain. And of course the late, great Paul Lynde. The film also wisely retained another key player from the original Broadway version along with Van Dyke, the then largely unknown Paul Lynde, who is simply hysterical as Kim's surprisingly calm yet rather conniving father, Harry. For more about Bye Bye Birdie and the Bye Bye Birdie Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on August 12, 2012 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.
Of course, we cant forget Janet Leigh, looking beautiful in a black 'do. In one sustained the camera glides elegantly from one song to another in and around the MacAfee household in a seemingly unbroken take. A bit dated the Ed Sullivan references will be lost on young kids but still fun. On the surface, it appears to be a funny, innocent, slap-happy musical. In that moment and the few minutes that followed, even gay boys felt the tops of their heads come off. Hey, he was doing it for his country! Chita Rivera should have been recruited for the role. En 1975 participó en Tommy, papel por el que fue candidata al Oscar a la mejor actriz.
Dick Van Dyke and Maureen Stapleton as a mamma's boy and his mamma just get in the way, but Paul Lynde makes his suburban pop something to relish and Bobby Rydell is likable enough as A-M's slightly pushy beau. Even nerds could fall in love. It's a plot point swiped from the real Elvis Presley's personal narrative, and King-ly echoes regularly dart across the screen. Aspiring songwriter, Dick Van Dyke, and his secretary, Janet Leigh in an awful black wig, concoct a plan to have Birdie bestow a goodbye kiss on one lucky girl and sing a song to be written by Van Dyke. By contrast, the 1963 film version decided to make itself a bright, colorful film extravaganza that played to the strengths of the film medium. Before he leaves, he takes some time to visit a small town and see some of his devoted fans.
No surprise that the next year she was cast opposite Elvis himself. Many of the comments on this page have been negative. Her boyfriend is Bobby Rydell who was at the height of his teen idol popularity as well and they do make an attractive and charming couple. She had made the mistake of starting too late, and being too traditional a Hollywood star just when Hollywood decided to do away with stars, at least those that were provokingly lovely. But you will with this score. But he kept the song-writing team of Strouse and Adams, who had already written seven songs for the libretto.
After all, Americans love to laugh at themselves — primarily through the expression of their collective arts, but particularly when the cultural climate is as stringent and unforgiving. In fact, I can't think of any other time when I have. I'm guessing that's part of the agreement, too. And there may be something timeless about us guys too. De todas las estrellas de Hollywood con las que Elvis Presley había trabajado, Ann-Margret fue la única que asistió a su funeral. The teen virgin roles Sandra Dee didn't get are the ones Ann-Margret got and unlike Dee, that girl could sing and dance.