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Bye Bye Birdie

Released 1963
Distributor Columbia Pictures

George Sidney’s 1963 musical satire takes on all comers, including Elvis Presley, television and the rise of the American Teenager but the film is most memorable for the super-charged performance of the redheaded bump-and-grinder who personified that All-American teen, Ann-Margret. On a less combustible note, Dick Van Dyke’s affable everyman persona is always welcome and a hilariously nerve-wracked Paul Lynde confronts the Generation Gap with his own special brand of fear and loathing.

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About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell’s official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!