[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Bye Bye Birdie
The Most WONDERFUL Entertainment EVER! EVER!
A singer goes to a small town for a performance before he is drafted
Ann Margaret, you are everything they said you would be.
A completely stunning and fun musical that is quintessentially 60s, it's practically bursting with cliches, while still remaining completely charming. The plot does sag a little in places but it's all forgiven due to the wonderful musical numbers. Everything is brightly coloured, wonderfully lit, there isn't a pimple of blemish or bad looker on show - just like real life. Or real life of the movies.
Each song is better than the next. The Telephone Hour song is a wonderful portrayal of those lengthy ring-arounds that used to happen every weeknight discussing the gossip of the day. The shiny centrepiece of Got A Lot of Livin' To Do is infectious…
You can follow 30 years of the evolution of youth culture and its relation to show business just by following musicals from years that end in '3'.
1933: Gold Diggers of 1933, 42nd Street
1943: The Gang's All Here
1953: The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Give a Girl a Break
1963: Bye Bye Birdie
As the years go on, the youth get younger: early 20s in the 30s and 40s, college in the 50s, high school in the 60s. At the same time, the performance dream gets more remote: the 30s and 40s stars are performers, albeit not particularly successful ones (yet), with the war in 1943 making everyone seem more adult than they are (and the musical itself breaking…
A film. . .
. . .in which Janet Leigh proves she can shake her hips with the best of them and once again proves she's extra perfect when going bra-only.
. . .in which Paul Lynde plays Ann-Margret's dad, and no one thinks he's the slightest bit ghey.
. . .in which Dick Van Dyke invents amphetamines, for which he expects to become a gozillionaire.
. . .in which Ann-Margret is Ann-Margret, which means:
Every time Ann-Margret was on screen, my living room resembled that scene in this film where all the girls in town collapse to the ground when Conrad Birdie shows up and sings them a song. It looks like the Atlanta train-yard scene in GWTW, bodies strewn all over the place.
A silly but very fun sort of musical about an Elvis-esque musician who gets drafted into the army and how a failing song-writer, his fiance, and the people of a small town in Ohio give him a big send off. I'm not sure if amphetamine based drugs were invented by 1963 but I'm fairly sure a major plot point in this involves drugging people with speed. Also a tortoise.
“Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets mother. Yeesh!”
-Rosie DeLeon (Janet Leigh)
First film I’ve officially watched as part of my film studies course…fuck me, the really couldn’t have picked a better one, could they?
I’m being harsh there, I didn’t hate this. I’m not really a big fan of Musicals (except West Side Story, which is the bomb), but this was fairly good all things considered. Except the song at the start and end, sung by leading lady Ann-Margret. That had me reaching for the razors. It literally crawls under your scalp and into your brain and nestles its roots there, festering like some evil fungus until you can do naught but bash your head against a…
This movie is... not very good! I remembered it more fondly, I suppose, because all I really thought about was the "What's the Story, Morning Glory?" song and how I have a crush on Dick van Dyke. Plus this was the first musical I did stage crew for in high school so there's some nostalgia attached. All that aside, this movie is kind of bad, with mostly mediocre songs, weak singing, a shoddy-as-hell plot that loses itself in weird slapstick, and uninspired direction. Great costumes, though, of course, and Janet Leigh looks super pretty with dark hair.
Finally watched Bye Bye Birdie all the way through. I kept only seeing snippets! It's actually such a cute movie. Ann-Margret is perfect
This is what I imagine all of the 60's were like.
Vibrant colors, quirky dialogue, and wonderfully catchy music join together to make one of the most pleasing and joyful musicals.
I love classic colourful cinema like this.
Stunning! I really enjoyed this film. Even though it was made in the 1960's, this musical was fun and interesting. The plot was lacking and dull but everything else was great. I think kids today might still appreciate this film.
Comical musical spoofing the Elvis craze of the day. This movie made Ann-Margret a star and that's what you get: the full-on Ann-Margret experience in all it's jaw-dropping perkiness.
Oh and somewhere in there is Paul Lynde. He's funny.
Huh. So. Ann Margret.
Besides that, I'm pretty sure Birdie is what Steve Martin's character in Little Shop of Horrors comes from. Like he could literally be the same character.
I didn't particularly like any of the musical numbers as songs, but many of the performances were very entertaining. I like how they combined zany/screwball 60s comedy features into the musical numbers, which make it more entertaining than I expected. I particularly like the first song, which is purposely awkwardly sung, and all of Birdies numbers. All his songs are ridiculously simple and reductive as he saunters around with his guitar. It goes beyond Elvis satire into... I'm not sure what.
Also it has Bobby Rydell and he only does part of one song? A little odd in retrospect, but its still cool.
Such an odd little film. But fun and worth a watch. Also, there is a tortoise.
Annoyingly yet charming and catchy songs and Janet Leigh is adorable. Good for people who love musicals.
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I hope to god no one ever behaved like this in real life. In any decade. Ever.
I know it's a parody but. Yikes.
In terms of pop culture significance, the induction of Elvis Presley into the army in 1958 was a major event - not just in the way it was handled by the media but how it later became the demarcation point between the groundbreaking music Presley produced prior to being drafted and his post-army career when his focus eventually shifted to Las Vegas extravagance. For playwright Michael Stewart, however, Elvis's induction became the inspiration for the smash Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie in which a famous rock 'n roll star named Conrad Birdie gets drafted,…
A sweet musical about Kim, a fan girl chosen to kiss her beloved singer, Conrad Birdie, on national TV. Nice musical numbers, such as the "battle of sexes" inside the bar in the beautifully choreographed "A Lot of Living to Do", which points to a liberation of Kim from the commitment with Hugo (but this, unfortunately, is neutralized towards the end). Dick Van Dyke dances with Janet Leigh and a ghostly (and happier) double of her in "Put on a Happy Face", which is quite self-reflective of the number itself (a man trying to mold a woman's humour for his own sake, and imagining a "better" woman when the real one is not convinced by his insintence). Popular art triumphs…
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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