bye bye birdie
the year: 1963
the genre: musical
the cast: Dick Van Dyke (Albert Peterson); Janet Leigh (Rosie DeLeon); Ann-Margaret (Kim McAfee); Maureen Stapleton (Mae Peterson); Bobby Rydell (Hugo Peabody); Paul Lynde (Harry McAfee); Ed Sullivan (Himself)
the plot: 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.
count: how many females faint when Conrad sings "You Gotta Be Sincere".
watch for: another case of an unplugged electric guitar during the opening chords of "You Gotta Be Sincere".
don't miss: the "Telephone Hour".
listen for: "Randolph, your father's warned you. If you make another bomb, you'll get spanked."
did you know: The sheet music of Birdie's next hit song, "Mumbo Jumbo Gooey Gumbo," which Albert picks up from the piano in his first scene, is the same music as the title tune, "Bye Bye Birdie."
extra bonus points: if you know why Albert's music company is called "ALMAELOU."