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Something for the Birds Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Victor Mature
as Steve Bennett
Patricia Neal
as Anne Richards
Edmund Gwenn
as Johnnie Adams
Larry Keating
as Patterson
Gladys Hurlbut
as Mrs. Rice
Hugh Sanders
as Grady
Christian Rub
as Leo
Wilton Graff
as Taylor
Archer MacDonald
as Lemmer
Richard Garrick
as Chandler
Ian Wolfe
as Foster
Madge Blake
as Mrs. Chadwick
Gordon Nelson
as O'Malley
Emmett Vogan
as Beecham
Charles Watts
as Jessup
Norma Varden
as Congresswoman Bates
Leo Curley
as Congressman Macy
Edmund Cobb
as Reporter
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Receptionist
Russell Gaige
as Winthrop
Robert Livingston
as General
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Winthrop
Sam McDaniel
Joan Shawlee
as Woman in Station
Edmund Cobb
as Reporter
Robert Livingston
as General
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Winthrop
Russell Gaige
as Winthrop
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Receptionist


Robert Wise
Samuel G. Engel
Boris Ingster
I.A.L. Diamond
Joseph Petracca
Screen Story
Joseph La Shelle
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Sol Kaplan
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
George Patrick
Art Director