None-too-successful songwriter Albert Peterson hatches a plot with his secretary – and long-suffering girlfriend – to get rock-and-roll phenomenon Conrad Birdie to sing one of his songs on the Ed Sullivan show. The pop star would then symbolically kiss goodbye to a young lady chosen at random from the country’s womanhood, this being his last appearance before being drafted. Complicated to start with, things get more tricky as everyone including Albert’s clinging mother descend on the small town where the chosen girl lives. Even Albert’s chemical inventions come in useful. –IMDb
The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits—at one point 15 consecutive box office winners. Though his artistry is not as renowned as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Busby Berkeley, Sidney can lay claim to having directed such classic musicals as “Anchors Aweigh” (1945) “The Harvey Girls” (1946), the 1951 remake of “Show Boat” and “Bye Bye Birdie” (1962).
Sidney actually broke into show business as a five-year old, playing sidekick to Tom Mix in the silent film “The Littlest Cowboy” (1921). But he did not pursue acting as a child. Instead, at age 18, Sidney went to work at MGM, first as a messenger boy, then as a sound technician and film editor. Still a teenager, he graduated to directing “Our Gang” comedies, and, at the age of 20, was put in charge of directing all of MGM’s screen tests. He was also directing short films… read more
I can do the moves and lyrics of the beginning and ending song. This movie just wants you to sing and dance in your seat.