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Hard to place in a genre
Sellers plays a musical buffoon who becomes a teen love interest from afar. The two female teens were so good and attractive, I was surprised they never became stars when they matured. I enjoyed seeing NYC circa 1964. The plot can be considered serious, but in a comedic way. Serious in the fact that both girls come from broken homes, one by divorce and the other by design. I loved the bit where they pretend to be sick, and gather onlookers who fall for the gag.
Wonderful Performances by the 2 girls
I wholeheartedly agree with the other comments, the two girls are incredibly good actresses because they don't come across as actresses. A gem.
You just cant help but enjoy the interaction between the two young girls in this movie. Especially if you have ever been a young girl yourself. They are so real, and perhaps two of the best little actors I have ever seen. They take me back to when I was that age and I can understand their thoughts and feelings. Such a great little movie!
- Norman Bloom
I saw this movie way back when it came out. I saw it recently to as I got older. I still get lost in this film. I do like it very much and as one of the reviewers said Peter Sellers stood aside and let the other main characters play themselves.I'm talking about Tippy Walker alias Valerie Boyd and Merrie Spaeth alias Marion Boyd. It was a wonderful juvenile film. Tippy walker when I saw her in this film I thought of Jane Fonda for some strange reason. I guess she could have played Jane Fonda when she was a teenager.Anyways all the cast was good even Paula Prentiss which got some good reviews in the film. But like I said it was the 2 girls that were obsessed with Henry Orient stole the show. Of coarse the perfect father played by none other than Tom Bosley.I will watch it again and perhaps record it.I haven't seen these 2 girls do anything else. This was of coarse set in 1964 as I was 13 years old when the movie came out. I would imagine these 2 girls would be in their 60,s if still around.It was a wonderful film a bit different for Peter Sellers. I liked his obscured piano playing to. Was there a real album based on this film? I will check out more. Do try to watch the film.
Paula Prentiss: Truly Wonderful
- David Atkins
George Roy Hill directs a talented team of pro's in this delightful movie. Peter Sellars, Angela Lansbury, Phyllis Thaxter star with the incomparable Paula Prentiss, that gorgeous Texan on loan from MGM steals the picture. MGM had Paula under contract and what a ride she had in those great MGM comedies she made with Jim Hutton! In her career Paula Prentiss would star with John Wayne, Lana Turner, Bob Hope, Patricia Neal, Rock Hudson, Steve McQueen, Warren Beatty. Delightful star. I wish TCM would have' a summer under the star saluting Paula with:Horizontal Lieutenant, World of Henry Orient, What's New Pussycat, Parallax View, Stepford Wives, Bachelor in Paradise,and the movie that made her a star Where The Boys Are!
The Girls Steal the Show!
This movie is alot of fun to watch, and is finally getting the recognition it deserves, oddly inappropriate title aside. The girls steal the show, and Peter Sellers knows it. He flows from the true genius and power and complexity of Dr Strangelove to playing what amounts to a bit part behind the young girls living their lives, and allow them and Paula Prentiss and Tom Bosley to play their parts as well. Silly stuff with a few real messages worth watching for. We do not make em like this anymore. I must confess I agree with Bob's impression of this movie- I fell madly in love with these girls and their pure spirit...
The Two Young Female Leads Steal This Movie
- Bob Stutsman
Forget the great Pete Sellers and Angela Lansbury. It is the two young ladies who become captivated by the awful Mr. Orient that make this a great entertainment. The two young actresses are priceless and perfect as the bright, imaginative, and bedeviling (to Mr. Orient) adolescents. The dialogue and all scenes with these two are very true to and evocative of the hormonal early teenage years. I fell in love with them when I first saw them (as I was about their own onscreen age), and I am sure all viewers of this movie will also. I don't know what became of them, but they are brilliant and could hold their own with the very distinguished adult cast.A must see for adolescents of all ages. The parody of the avant garde modern music piece at Mr. Orient's concert is priceless.Girls, wherever you are, I love you!