samantha kaye

AOL

#1 Jan 23, 2008
did ann margret know elvis when she did this film bye bye birdie? funny they should end up together later in a movie and how did that come about?
Lee

Redmond, WA

#2 Jan 23, 2008
samantha kaye wrote:
did ann margret know elvis when she did this film bye bye birdie? funny they should end up together later in a movie and how did that come about?
I don't know if she knew him personally. But Bye Bye Byrdie is a movie that EVERY Elvis fan should see. It was a spectacular movie ABOUT Elvis. Of course it was a comedy and they never SAID it was about Elvis, but it was.
becky

Courtice, Canada

#3 Jan 23, 2008
Lee wrote:
<quoted text>I don't know if she knew him personally. But Bye Bye Byrdie is a movie that EVERY Elvis fan should see. It was a spectacular movie ABOUT Elvis. Of course it was a comedy and they never SAID it was about Elvis, but it was.
How its about elvis if nobody said it???
becky

Courtice, Canada

#4 Jan 23, 2008
Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted to film in 1963. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson, Maureen Stapleton as Mama Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rose DeLeon, Paul Lynde as Mr. MacAfee, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. Jesse Pearson played the role of teen idol Conrad Birdie. Ed Sullivan makes a substantial guest appearance. The plot and character relationships are significantly different from the musical. The film is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar during the mid-1960s, leading to her appearing with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas.

Despite the film's box office success upon release, some critics claimed it made average use of the talents of Van Dyke and Leigh[citation needed]. Some praise the movie as a classic example of 1960s camp[citation needed], others claim average production values, rewriting of the script, changes in the musical score, and average choreography in some songs left a different story but with the same title[citation needed]. Neither Van Dyke nor Lynde cared much for the changes in the movie[citation needed], and Van Dyke reportedly asked friends not to see it[citation needed].

A new adaptation was made for television in 1995. It starred Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame in the role of Albert Peterson and Grammy Award-nominated singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams as Rose Alvarez. Actress Tyne Daly played Albert's extravagant and over-bearing mother Mae Peterson. Broadway actor Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. 1980s pop music sensation Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, and George Wendt played her father Harry. While this version remained mostly true to the original play, several songs were added, including "Let's Settle Down," "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," and "A Giant Step."
Lee

Redmond, WA

#5 Jan 23, 2008
becky wrote:
<quoted text>
How its about elvis if nobody said it???
Elvis was a super rock star with long sideburns who was famous for wearing a gold lame suit and had just been drafted. Fans picketed the white house in protest.

Conrad Byrdie was a super famous rock star with sideburns who wore a gold lame suit and was drafted. Fans picketed the white house in protest.

It was a comedy take-off on Elvis.

Of course you did see it, didn't you, Becky?
Lee

Redmond, WA

#6 Jan 23, 2008
becky wrote:
Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted to film in 1963. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson, Maureen Stapleton as Mama Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rose DeLeon, Paul Lynde as Mr. MacAfee, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. Jesse Pearson played the role of teen idol Conrad Birdie. Ed Sullivan makes a substantial guest appearance. The plot and character relationships are significantly different from the musical. The film is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar during the mid-1960s, leading to her appearing with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas.
Despite the film's box office success upon release, some critics claimed it made average use of the talents of Van Dyke and Leigh[citation needed]. Some praise the movie as a classic example of 1960s camp[citation needed], others claim average production values, rewriting of the script, changes in the musical score, and average choreography in some songs left a different story but with the same title[citation needed]. Neither Van Dyke nor Lynde cared much for the changes in the movie[citation needed], and Van Dyke reportedly asked friends not to see it[citation needed].
A new adaptation was made for television in 1995. It starred Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame in the role of Albert Peterson and Grammy Award-nominated singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams as Rose Alvarez. Actress Tyne Daly played Albert's extravagant and over-bearing mother Mae Peterson. Broadway actor Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. 1980s pop music sensation Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, and George Wendt played her father Harry. While this version remained mostly true to the original play, several songs were added, including "Let's Settle Down," "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," and "A Giant Step."
I didn't see the last version. This is the first I heard of it. Thanks for that information, Becky.

Did anyone see the second one?
Steve

Bradford, UK

#7 Jan 23, 2008
Who said it wasn't Elvis?

This entertaining musical, based on the Broadway hit inspired by the hysteria surrounding Elvis Presley's induction into the army, traces the shock waves a drafted rock & roll star, Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson), creates when he comes to a small town to kiss adoring fan Kim McAfee...

There's loads more write ups just like this one and they all say the same thing how it was inspired by Elvis going into the army. it also claims it was the springboard for Ann being cast in Viva las Vegas
Steve

Bradford, UK

#8 Jan 23, 2008
Sorry that should say who said it wasn't about Elvis, with all the write ups about this screenplay they all say the same thing it was based around Elvis
Lee

Redmond, WA

#9 Jan 23, 2008
Elvis had at least two movies made about him when he was alive. Bye Bye Byrdie and "From Elvis With Love" (the name was later changed to "Touched by Love") after Elvis died.

Does anyone know of any more movies that were made about Elvis while he was alive?
samantha kaye

AOL

#10 Jan 24, 2008
becky wrote:
Bye Bye Birdie was first adapted to film in 1963. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Albert Peterson, Maureen Stapleton as Mama Mae Peterson, Janet Leigh as Rose DeLeon, Paul Lynde as Mr. MacAfee, Bobby Rydell as Hugo Peabody, and Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee. Jesse Pearson played the role of teen idol Conrad Birdie. Ed Sullivan makes a substantial guest appearance. The plot and character relationships are significantly different from the musical. The film is credited with making Ann-Margret a superstar during the mid-1960s, leading to her appearing with the real Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas.
Despite the film's box office success upon release, some critics claimed it made average use of the talents of Van Dyke and Leigh[citation needed]. Some praise the movie as a classic example of 1960s camp[citation needed], others claim average production values, rewriting of the script, changes in the musical score, and average choreography in some songs left a different story but with the same title[citation needed]. Neither Van Dyke nor Lynde cared much for the changes in the movie[citation needed], and Van Dyke reportedly asked friends not to see it[citation needed].
A new adaptation was made for television in 1995. It starred Jason Alexander of Seinfeld fame in the role of Albert Peterson and Grammy Award-nominated singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams as Rose Alvarez. Actress Tyne Daly played Albert's extravagant and over-bearing mother Mae Peterson. Broadway actor Marc Kudisch, who played Conrad Birdie on tour opposite Tommy Tune, reprised the role. 1980s pop music sensation Chynna Phillips played Kim MacAfee, and George Wendt played her father Harry. While this version remained mostly true to the original play, several songs were added, including "Let's Settle Down," "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore," and "A Giant Step."
Thanks becky for the info.....
emily

Winthrop, MA

#11 Aug 9, 2008
i luv bbb

“Music is in my soul”

Since: Jul 08

Kansas

#12 Aug 9, 2008
I love bye bye birdie. At my brothers school they did Bye Bye birdie one year and My brother played as Albert petterson.
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#13 Aug 9, 2008
Lee said it best. Now, the script of the original play called for the subject of the film to be named Conrad Birdie. This was later construed as meaning that the person upon whom the play was based was Conway Twitty (he analogy is clear...).

Moreover, only about 0.01 percent of the US population knew Twitty had been actually drafted, no one picketed at his being drafted, let alone at the White House, he never used a Gold lame suit, so the fact that he had indeed appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, had long sideburns for awhile and could sound like Elvis was neither here nor there. Even if the person who wrote the screenplay did so thinking of Twitty, and not Elvis, the unsurpising result was that it was Elvis everyone thought of. Another thing, the Birdie stage mannerisms are totally Presley's, Twitty's resemblance of Presley having been, since the beginning, limited to both the ducktail, and the voice characteristics.
Jim Burrows

Managua, Nicaragua

#14 Aug 9, 2008
Correction. In second paragraph, it is not moreover, but however.

"Lee said it best. Now, the script of the original play called for the subject of the film to be named Conrad Birdie. This was later construed as meaning that the person upon whom the play was based was Conway Twitty (he analogy is clear...).

However, only about 0.01 percent of the US population knew Twitty had been actually drafted, no one picketed at his being drafted, let alone at the White House, he never used a Gold lame suit, so the fact that he had indeed appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, had long sideburns for awhile and could sound like Elvis was neither here nor there. Even if the person who wrote the screenplay did so thinking of Twitty, and not Elvis, the unsurpising result was that it was Elvis everyone thought of. Another thing, the Birdie stage mannerisms are totally Presley's, Twitty's resemblance of Presley having been, since the beginning, limited to both the ducktail, and the voice characteristics

“Music is in my soul”

Since: Jul 08

Kansas

#15 Jan 30, 2010
I personally like this movie and it has a likeness to Elvis's story
nina

Canada

#16 Jan 31, 2010
becky wrote:
<quoted text>
How its about elvis if nobody said it???
it's about the fan reaction to Elvis' being drafted and the music industry desire to capitolize on him

the Conrad birdie character, is actually a minor character in the movie

the main story is the song writer looking for Conrad to sing his song on tv so the songwriter cna make money to marry his girlfirned.

the second story is of the young teen girl, randomly selected to be Conrad's last kiss before the army, and the conflict that creates with her boyfriend

Conrad himself is window dressing with no plot other than to be used by everyone else.

The play and movie were not about Conway Twitty - the Birdie Character is Elvis

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