Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

“Who wants respect from a ten-year-old kid?!?”

There’s a special place in movie heaven for Paul Lynde.

A master of snarky sarcasm and biting wit, especially in his role as the center of attention on The Hollywood Squares, he also had a lovely singing voice.

That was showcased best in this bouncy musical.

Stealing the show right out from under the feet of big-timers Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, and Dick Van Dyke, he wails about the pitfalls of being a parent.

“Kids” is just one song in a film packed with 15 tuneful concoctions, but it, like Lynde, is a show-stopper.

 

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