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This entire film is high camp making fun of teen idols of the day and all that surrounded them. It couldn't have been more true. I personally witnessed room keys. bras and girls panties being thrown on stage at Mick Jagger and Elvis Presley back then. It was crazy! I'm sorry there are commenters here who dislike Paul Lynde. He has always been one of my all-time favorites and he excels as the hapless father in this film. Bobby Rydell (another teen idol back in the day) was perfectly cast as Ann-Margret's boyfriend who is in high dudgeon over Margret's craziness over Conrad Birdie. The musical numbers and choreographed dances are very entertaining to watch and I enjoy viewing this film each time it is aired.
Bye Bye Birdie
- Michael Whitty
What would happen if Elvis Presley came to your town to sing a few songs before he goes to the Army? In this case his name is Conrad Birdie and "Bye Bye Birdie" is an energetic musical with Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh leading the adults and Ann Margret leading the teens. The songs are good especially "Put on a Happy Face" with "I got a Lot of Livin to Do" with the teens dancing up a storm..There have been other high school musicals but this one took Broadway for awhile. And the movie was creative.
Its the film that made Ann-Margret and rightfully so. Such a talented girl who danced sang and acted. The end title finale is worth its weight in gold! Janet Leigh comes off real well in the Shriners ballet but 21 year old A-M is the reason to sit through this pic. The rest of the cast works well and please watch her follow up to this film ViVa Las Vegas where she holds her own against Elvis.
by by birdie
fFun old musical. they tried to get Elvis to have some fun with this but Col Tom said NO WAY. Damn old fool this probably would have turned out to be a classic.
a family movie musical for the 60's
this is one of the best movie musicals of my generation... the others that have left negative comments.. just don't get it... I simply adore this movie, no thinking allowed... it was first a Broadway play.. get real and see this flick for all it is worth and that's a lot... just sayin
Bye Bye 60s
Saw this at the T.P. Drive In back in 1964. About five times. As my old friend Mike Kelly put it, after watching Ann Margaret, as the credits rolled off. Well I don't know about you Will, but Me, Im goin home and take a looooong cooooold shower. AAH MEMORIES.
Not the best musical but an entertaining movie. Enough star power to make the movie watchable, but the two most appealing things about the movie are Ann Margaret and Janet Leigh, two good enough reasons to watch the movie in the first place.
Bye bye Birdie
- Dashiell Barnes
An instant musical classic. Fine acting from this ensemble, but it's Ann-Margret & Rydell who control the film from start-to-finish. Catchy songs, but the story was awkward at many times throughout. A fun picture inspired by Elvis Presley's draft into the army. I give it a 3.5/5.
Paul Lynde recreates a role he played so well, good music, a funny and fun movie.
Watch this movie
This is what the world looked like before the 60's turned sour.
Now relegated to bad high school productions, this movie wouldn't have been all that bad if it wasn't for the unbelievably irritating performance of Paul Lynde. This man's voice is like fingernails scraping on a blackboard. Fortunately, Conrad Birdie's exit at the end makes up for what I wanted to do to him. And the rest of the cast. Now that I think of it, this movie is awful. It's pretty bad when the most interesting part of a movie is a cameo by Ed Sullivan. Skip it.
- Dave Patterson
Basically an embarrassment. Paul Lynde's version of "Kids" is unbearable.
I looked up some of the songs on YouTube before watching the movie. At first, I thought the songs were very poorly sung and clearly knocking off Elvis. After a couple listens, I really got into the songs (they are very catchy!).I saw Bye Bye Birdie on TCM last month, and I really enjoyed it. It's a very fun movie, definitely not meant to be taken seriously. I love Dick Van Dyke and Ann Margaret. I can't wait to watch it again. I listen to the songs almost every day. I love Telephone Hour, Honestly Sincere, and How Lovely to Be a Woman. Thanks TCM (best channel EVER!)
Great dance #'s. Van Dyke does not quite work in this film. He was realy lucky to land in Mary Poppins. Janet Leigh tried very hard and i liked the black wig but it is A-M's film all the way. Bobby Darin would have made a great Conrad Birdie.If you hate this film at least sit through it to view the last 2 minutes. The cencors obviously were turned on and let this slide by.
Some great music, but a simply horrible movie
This movie is terrible, downright embarrassingly horrible. It is an absurd caricature of life in the 60's, especially of teenagers and rock music. It is a complete farce, along the lines of The Producers, but it is not funny or even whimsical. All of the performances are simply ridiculously overblown. Look up ham in the dictionary and you will see this movie listed. It is a shame, because there are a couple of marvelous musical numbers. So save yourself some pain. Go buy the musical score and pass on the movie.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
- James Higgins
I am not quite sure what it is about this musical that makes it so appealing, but it is. Some catchy tunes help, a great supporting cast as well. Ann-Margret reveals that she has that something special to distinguish her from being just another teen star to standing out and becoming a major star. It's just a fun movie.
Thanks for playing "Bye, Bye Birdie!!
This is a cute film that was a precursor for "Grease". Thank you so much for playing it, you made my day.
Go Go See See Bye Bye Birdie!
A decent Broadway to Hollywood transformation that became a vehicle to launch Ann-Margret and that it did. Check out the last 2 minutes where she belts out the title tune in a very sexy way. Dont know how it passed the censors back in 63? Dick Van Dyke ok but Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis could have done a lot more. Bobby Darin would have been the ultimare Conrad Birdie
Greatest 60's musical ever made
Paul Lynde's performance is magnicficent camp of the highest order. Dick Van Dyke delivers yet again, and Chita Rivera is sassy and independent. Her hispanic Rosie and her relationship with the Anglo Dick Van Dyke is groundbreaking casting as she is simply a character that happens to be hispanic. The provocative Ann-Margaret and her sweaters, need I say more.An earthshaking film in all respects. This is a fun and fabulous movie that is celebrating it's 45th anniversary this year. Please show it and let us commemorate this piece of nostalgia and art.
- Debbie Ann
Love this movie. Saw it as a kid and would like to see it shown on TCM probably on the weekend. Absolutely the best.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
One of the best musicals of our time needs to be aired by TCM.