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The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 18 June 1964 (UK)
A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Nora Johnson (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Henry Orient
Paula Prentiss ... Stella Dunnworthy
Angela Lansbury ... Isabel Boyd
Tom Bosley ... Frank Boyd
Phyllis Thaxter ... Mrs. Avis Gilbert
Bibi Osterwald ... Erica Booth
Merrie Spaeth ... Marian Gilbert
Tippy Walker ... Valarie Campbell Boyd
John Fiedler ... Sidney
Al Lewis ... Store Owner
Peter Duchin Peter Duchin ... Joe Daniels
Fred Stewart ... Doctor
Philippa Bevans Philippa Bevans ... Emma Hambler
Jerry Jarrett Jerry Jarrett ... (as Jerry Jerrett)
Jane Buchanan Jane Buchanan ... Lillian Kafritz
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Storyline

Henry Orient is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two 14-year-old fans. The girls, Val and Gil chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them - until Val's sexually promiscuous mother appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls' shenanigans. Written by alfiehitchie

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux copines, un séducteur See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pan Arts See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1967, a musical version "Henry, Sweet Henry" opened on Broadway. Both the film and the musical adaptation were directed by George Roy Hill. See more »

Goofs

The balcony audience directly behind the conductor are clearly cardboard cut-outs. See more »

Quotes

[Val induces a fantasy about Gil's divorced parents]
Valerie Boyd: Think your Dad will ever come back?
Marian Gilbert: Why can he? He's married and has a couple of kids.
Valerie Boyd: But how do you know he's happy?
Marian Gilbert: He's crazy about her.
Valerie Boyd: I know, but just suppose he suddenly realized his second marriage was a tragic mistake. His eyes are opened at last, and he knows now that your mother is the only woman he's ever loved in his whole life.
Marian Gilbert: I don't think there's much chance of that.
Valerie Boyd: So there's nothing to do but tell her the truth... the ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

introducing MERRIE SPAETH as "Gil" TIPPY WALKER as "Val" See more »

Connections

Featured in Casting By (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Henry Orient Concerto
Music by Ken Lauber (as Kenneth Lauber)
Conducted and orchestrated by Ken Lauber (uncredited)
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This was also the Sixties
31 December 1998 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

The sixties became The Sixties around the time of this film, 1964. There was a time, believe it or not, when kids played grown-up, instead of the other way around, as is the case today. Two cute girls are venturing from childhood to youth, in a benign Manhattan. They have a crush on a pianist-Lothario who happens to be Peter Sellers. You can imagine the complications - and the hilarity.

What makes this film so appealing is the way it portrays adolescent awakening as a completely unsordid and sweet experience. Yes, there is pathos, when the two discover how adults have turned their world into Henry Orient's world.

Although the cast is sterling all around, Tom Bosley is a standout as father to one of the girls, who helps put things to rights.

If the Kennedy assassination and Vietnam are cultural watersheds, then this film is a refreshing antidote; it gives the lie to the glib put-downs of the era by the current generation.


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