Something for the Birds

Something for the Birds

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Victor Mature, Patricia Neal, Edmund Gwenn


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Something for the Birds is a toothless satire of Washington, filmed during the McCarthy era. For lack of a political target that wouldn't get them labeled as Communists, the producers decided to go after lobbyists. Patricia Neal comes to Washington on behalf of the preservation of the California Condor; she finds herself the object of ridicule for almost everyone, including leading man Victor Mature, a lobbyist for the oil interests who threatens a large bird sanctuary. Edmund Gwenn is one of the few Washingtonians willing to financially back Neal's cause; unfortunately he turns out to be a charlatan with nary a nickel to his name. Eventually Mature is made to realize that the plight of the Condor is worthy worrying about, and he is able to dissuade the agreeable oil executives from drilling on the bird's territory.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2013
UPC: 0024543873945
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 36,111

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Mature Steve Bennett
Patricia Neal Anne Richards
Edmund Gwenn Johnnie Adams
Larry Keating Patterson
Gladys Hurlbut Mrs. Rice
Hugh Sanders Grady
Christian Rub Leo
Wilton Graff Taylor
Walter S. Baldwin Bigelow
Archer MacDonald Lemmer
Richard Garrick Chandler
Ian Wolfe Foster
John Brown Mr. Lund
Camillo Guercio Duncan
Joan Miller Mac
Madge Blake Mrs. Chadwick
Norman Field Judge
Gordon Nelson O'Malley
Emmett Vogan Beecham
John Ayres Congressman Walker
Charles Watts Jessup
Rodney Bell Announcer
Norma Varden Congresswoman Bates
Leo Curley Congressman Macy
John Maxwell Congressman Craig
Edmund Cobb Reporter
Elizabeth Flournoy Receptionist
Russell Gaige Winthrop
Robert Livingston General
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Winthrop
Herbert Lytton Captain
Sam McDaniel Actor
Paul Power Court Clerk
Joan Shawlee Woman in Station
Fred Datig Bellhop

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Boris Ingster Screenwriter
Alvin Josephy Original Story
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Bruce MacDonald Set Decoration/Design
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
George Patrick Art Director
Joseph Petracca Original Story
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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