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The Birds and the Bees (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | May 1956 (USA)
On an ocean voyage, a card shark and her father cheat a naive man out of his money. Things take a twist when the girl falls in love with the man she's just fleeced.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Preston Sturges (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Gobel ... George 'Hotsy' Hamilton II
Mitzi Gaynor ... Jean Harris
David Niven ... Colonel Patrick Henry Harris
Reginald Gardiner ... Gerald
Fred Clark ... Horace Hamilton
Harry Bellaver ... Marty Kennedy
Hans Conried ... Duc Jacques de Montaigne
Margery Maude Margery Maude ... Mrs. Hamilton
Clinton Sundberg ... Purser
Milton Frome ... Assistant Butler
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Burrows - Butler
King Donovan ... Waiter
Mary Treen ... Mrs. Burnside
Charles Lane ... Charlie Jenkins - Bartender
Bartlett Robinson ... Guest
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Storyline

George 'Hotsy' Hamilton II, heir to a meat-packing fortune, returns home from an expedition in the Congo. On board a luxury cruise, he is charmed by con artist Jean Harris and her card shark father. The pair fleece Hotsy at the gambling tables. But just as Jean begins to fall in love with the naive Hotsy, he is informed of their true motivations. In retaliation, Jean unleashes a stunning new plan. But is she out for revenge or does she want him back? Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det surrar, det surrar See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie is a remake of The Lady Eve. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Lady Eve (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

La Parisienne
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Mitzi Gaynor
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Needless Remake of 'The Lady Eve'
14 February 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

The Birds and the Bees is a remake of The Lady Eve, Preston Sturge's screwball comedy starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. It's incredibly similar to the original, so much so that I struggle to understand why they bothered remaking it at all. Audiences who liked the original wouldn't want to mess with perfection, and audiences who didn't like it wouldn't want to give it another chance. I belong to the latter category, and the only reason I sat through this movie is because I love David Niven so much.

David Niven and Mitzi Gaynor are a father-daughter con-team who usually swindle their victims out of money through cheating at cards. Their next target is the bumbling, fumbling fool, George Gobel. But what happens when Mitzi starts to fall in love with him? A more important question is, perhaps, what is the world coming to when David Niven gets third billing in a Mitzi Gaynor movie?

I detested the original; it's an absolute insult to Barbara Stanwyck's talent that it's one of her most famous films. Mitzi adds nothing to the role in the remake. Half the time she's trying to imitate Marilyn Monroe, and the other half she's trying to act like a teenaged Shirley Temple. Gobel gives his best Tommy Smothers impression-or Tommy Smothers got his inspiration from Gobel. I never thought I'd long for Henry Fonda's wooden delivery and bored, slightly frustrated attitude, but Gobel drove me to it. I can't imagine anyone falling in love with him, but I suppose the movies are full of suspensions of disbelief. There's really no reason to watch this remake. Not even if you love David Niven.


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