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The World of Henry Orient

1 rating: 4.0
Comedy movie directed by George Roy Hill

The World of Henry Orientwould be a classic, if only more people knew about it. Here are the adventures of two prep-school Manhattan girls, memorably played by Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker, who decide to dedicate a brief but crucial moment in their … see full wiki

Director: George Roy Hill
Genre: Comedy
1 review about The World of Henry Orient

"Valarie Boyd's just about the most linquent girl I've ever met in my whole life!"

  • Aug 15, 2009
Rating:
+4
This most charming coming-of-age comedy, based on the novel of the same name by Nora Johnson, is an overlooked gem which I sincerely hope starts to become more widely-known. Although Peter Sellers is top-billed in the cast (and plays the title role) by no means however is the star of the show.

THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT is the story of two misfit teen girls: Marian (Merrie Spaeth) and Valarie (Elizabeth "Tippy" Walker). Marian lives with her divorced mother and a close family friend in a cosy apartment; Valarie's globe-trotting parents rarely bother her, and she lives with a housekeeper. Their friendship is sealed when Valarie develops a crush on a handsome, avant-garde pianist named Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) and the two girls resolve to follow--ie: stalk--him all over New York. This hero worship, which mainly involves the girls standing outside his apartment block wearing Chinese coolie hats, soon scares off Henry's latest 'married' girlfriend (Paula Prentiss) and wreaks havoc on his performance schedule!

A charming, bittersweet comedy, THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT is no "Pink Panther"--nor does it pretend to be--but offers it's own special brand of low-key magic. Angela Lansbury plays Valarie's icy, calculating mother, who contrasts dramatically with the down-to-earth members of Marian's loving household (Phyllis Thaxter and Bibi Osterwald). Elmer Bernstein contributes a whimsical musical score and George Roy Hill's sensitive direction delivers some lovely performances from Spaeth and Walker. Recommended.

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