Bye Bye Birdie

George Sidney’s tacky 1963 musical fantasy-satire about the Elvis craze, based on the Broadway show of the same title, isn’t exactly good, but if you like what he does with Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, and pink decor, it’s sort of magnificent. The story centers on the visit of rocker Conrad Birdie to a small town to bestow a kiss on one of his biggest fans (Ann-Margret); Paul Lynde is pretty funny as her father. With Dick Van Dyke, Maureen Stapleton, and Ed Sullivan (playing himself). 112 min. (JR)

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