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Bye Bye Birdie
Director: George Sidney (Dir)
Release Date:   1963
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 4 Apr 1963
Duration (in mins):   112
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Cast:   Janet Leigh (Rosie DeLeon)  
    Dick Van Dyke (Albert Peterson)  
    Ann-Margret (Kim McAfee)  
    Maureen Stapleton (Mama Peterson)  
    Bobby Rydell (Hugo Peabody)  
    Jesse Pearson (Conrad Birdie)  
    Ed Sullivan (Himself)  
    Paul Lynde (Mr. McAfee)  
    Mary LaRoche (Mrs. McAfee)  
    Michael Evans (Claude Paisley)  
    Robert Paige (Bob Precht)  
    Gregory Morton (Borov)  
    Bryan Russell (Randolph McAfee)  
    Milton Frome (Mr. Maude)  
    Ben Astar (Ballet manager)  
    Trudi Ames (Ursula)  
    Cyril Delevanti (Mr. Nebbitt)  
    Frank Albertson (Mayor)  
    Beverly Yates (Mayor's wife)  
    Frank Sully (Bartender)  
    Bo Peep Karlin (Ursula's mother)  
    Melinda Marx (Teenager)  
    Mell Turner    
    Gil Lamb (Shriners)  
    Lee Aaker (Leader)  
    Karel Shimoff (Prima ballerina)  
    Donald Lawton (Russian consul)  
    Yvonne White (Telephone operator)  
    Debbie Stern (Debbie)  
    Sheila Denner (Sheila )  
    Pete Menefee (Harvey)  
    George Spicer (Tommy)  
    Dick Winslow (Leader, firemen's band)  
    Hazel Shermet (Marge, Birdie's secretary)  
    John Daly (Himself)  

Summary: The news that Conrad Birdie, a rock-n-roll idol, is to be drafted creates a national crisis among his teenaged worshipers and spells doom for Albert Peterson, an impoverished song writer who wrote the title song for a film Conrad had planned to make. Adding to Albert's woe are the attempts of his domineering mother to break up his romance with Rosie DeLeon, his long-suffering secretary. In an effort to solve the dilemma, Rosie induces Albert to write a special farewell song that Conrad will sing to a fan on the Ed Sullivan show. The lucky girl selected to receive a parting kiss from Conrad is 16-year-old Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio; but the singer's arrival there creates a near riot; Kim's boyfriend Hugo Peabody, becomes jealous, her father refuses to let Conrad stay in his home, and, even worse, Albert's mother arrives on the scene. The final blow comes when word arrives that Albert's spot on the TV show will be limited to 30 seconds because the Russian ballet troupe scheduled to appear before Conrad needs an extra 4 minutes. In desperation, Albert and Rosie slip some pills that speed up nerve reflexes into a glass of milk; the Russian conductor drinks it, and the ballet turns into a farce. Conrad performs Albert's song, but as he sings to Kim, Hugo socks the singer on the jaw in full sight of all. All ends happily, however, as Kim is reunited with Hugo, Albert finally decides to marry Rosie, and even Mama finds a Sweet Apple resident who wants to marry her. Songs : "Bye Bye Birdie" (Kim); "The Telephone Hour" (Hugo, Chorus); "How Lovely To Be a Woman" (Kim); "Put on a Happy Face" (Rosie, Albert); "One Boy" (Kim, Hugo); "Honestly Sincere" (Conrad); "Hymn for a Sunday Evening" (Kim, Mr. McAfee, Mrs. McAfee, Randolph); "One Last Kiss" (Conrad); "Kids" (Mama, Mr. McAfee, Albert, Randolph); "A Lot of Living To Do" (Kim, Hugo, Conrad); "Rosie" (Rosie, Albert); "The Shriners' Ballet" (Rosie, Dancers). 

Production Company: Kohlmar-Sidney Co.  
Production Text: A Fred Kohlmar-George Sidney Production
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures  
Director: George Sidney (Dir)
  Dave Silver (Asst dir)
  Pat Corleto (Asst dir)
Producer: Fred Kohlmar (Prod)
Writer: Irving Brecher (Scr)
Photography: Joseph Biroc (Dir of photog)
  Andrew McIntyre (Cam op)
  Al Bettcher (Cam asst)
Art Direction: Paul Groesse (Prod des)
Film Editor: Charles Nelson (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Arthur Krams (Set dec)
Costumes: Marjorie B. Wahl (Ward coordinator & women's ward)
  Pat Barto (Miss Leigh's cost by)
  Ed Ware (Men's ward)
Music: Johnny Green (Mus arr & cond)
  Fred Karger (Mus coordinator)
  Johnny Green (Orch)
  Al Woodbury (Orch)
Sound: Charles J. Rice (Sd supv)
  James Z. Flaster (Sd)
  Harry Foy (Rec)
Special Effects: Geza Gaspar (Spec eff)
Dance: Onna White (Choreog)
  Tom Panko (Choreography & asst choreography)
Make Up: Ben Lane (Makeup supv)
  Helena Rubenstein (Teenage makeup created by)
  Joe Di Bella (Makeup)
  Larry Germain (Miss Leigh's hairstyles)
Production Misc: Milton Feldman (Prod asst)
  Norman August (Unit loc mgr)
  Marshall Wolins (Scr supv)
  Mel Traxel (Stills)
  Seldon White (Gaffer)
  Ed Blaisdell (Ch grip)
  Charles Granucci (Prop master)
Country: United States

Songs: "Bye Bye Birdie," "Honestly Sincere," "How Lovely to Be a Woman," "Hymn for a Sunday Evening," "Kids," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "One Boy," "One Last Kiss," "Put On a Happy Face," "Kids," "The Shriners' Ballet," "Rosie," "The Telephone Hour," and "We Love You, Conrad," music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams.
Composer: Lee Adams
  Charles Strouse
Source Text: Based on the play Bye Bye Birdie by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams (New York, 14 Apr 1960).
Authors: Charles Strouse
  Lee Adams
  Michael Stewart

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Kohlmar-Sidney Co. 1/6/1963 dd/mm/yyyy LP25369

Physical Properties: col: Eastman Color, print by Technicolor
  Sd: RCA
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

Genre: Musical comedy
Subjects (Major): Adolescence
  Family relationships
  New York City
  Conductors (Music)
  Rock and roll music
  Small town life
  The Ed Sullivan Show (Television program)

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