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Director  Andrew Marton
Duration  
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Family
Birds Do It movie poster
Writer  Art Arthur, Arnie Kogen, Leonard Kaufman
Release date  August, 1966
Screenplay  Arnie Kogen, Leonard B. Kaufman, Art Arthur
Producers  Ivan Tors, Stanley Colbert
Cast  Soupy Sales, Beverly Adams, Tab Hunter, Doris Dowling, Arthur OConnell
Similar movies  Illegally Yours (1988), Disorderlies (1987), The Flapper (1920), Meet the Fockers (2004), Boy - Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966)
Tagline  Soupy Sales is Flying High...and the race for space - is up in the air!

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Birds Do It is a 1966 comedy film movie that was made by Columbia Pictures and filmed at the Ivan Tors Studios in Miami. It stars Soupy Sales in his film debut as a leading man, Tab Hunter, Arthur O'Connell, Edward Andrews and Beverly Adams. Although shown very rarely on television, the movie is now available for online order in bare-bones DVD format through Sony's Columbia Classics line.

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Plot

The film opens with a series of unsuccessful assassination attempts by an unknown organisation with their target being Melvin Byrd (Sales). Byrd is a janitor in a NASA laboratory headed by Major General Smithburn (Andrews) with his security officer being an inept bungler, Lt. Porter (Hunter). Porter is captured and impersonated by an enemy double from the same organization attempting to kill Byrd.

The head scientist Professor Waid (O'Connell) has employed Byrd due to his excellent janitorial skills as Waid blames American space program failures on dust that caused disasters. Byrd parodies the Ajax "stronger than dirt" white knight commercial when cleaning the base.

Waid's secret project is developing an ionisation process initially to be tested on a chimpanzee (Judy the Chimp, from Daktari) that would make the subject capable of anti-gravity with a side effect that not only gives him the ability to fly, but makes him "the most attractive man" on Earth. When General Smithburn leads a Congressional delegation who are in Florida due to European junkets being cancelled, Byrd hides in the ionization machine, causing him to be ionized. In addition to losing the ability to stay on the ground for longer than brief periods, Byrd finds himself forced to fight off the attentions of a Congresswoman (Doris Dowling) and Waid's daughter Claudine (Adams) as well as the assassins.

Cast

  • Soupy Sales as Melvin Byrd
  • Tab Hunter as Lt. Porter
  • Arthur O'Connell as Prof. Wald
  • Edward Andrews as Gen. Smithburn
  • Doris Dowling as Congresswoman Clanger
  • Beverly Adams as Claudine Wald
  • Louis Quinn as Sgt. Shan
  • Production

    Producer Ivan Tors filmed the comedy at his Miami studios with cameos provided by Dean Martin (Columbia's Matt Helm), Flipper, director Andrew Marton as himself, and a Cary Grant impersonator played by Ray Anthony.

    Star Soupy Sales was vocal in his dislike for this particular film.

    The special effects of Byrd flying are in the style of the Hertz Rent-A-Car commercials of the time. One sequence featured Byrd being attacked by skydivers in a sequence reminiscent of the pre-credits sequence of Moonraker with Byrd's stunt double wearing a parachute under his sport coat.

    References

    Birds Do It Wikipedia
    Birds Do It IMDb Birds Do It themoviedb.org


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