The World of Henry Orient (1964)

It was rare for Peter Sellers to be out-acted by anybody. For it to be done by two teenaged girls in their big-screen debuts is a feat to behold, and one of the many attractions of this charming romantic comedy. He stars as a concert  pianist with more ego than talent and more libido than ego. His amorous exploits with a nervous married woman, Paula Prentiss, are cut short when two lonely girls (Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth) decide they’re in love with him and proceed to stalk him through the streets of New York. This semi-autobiographical novel by Nunnally Johnson’s daughter Nora took six years to reach the screen, primarily because producers didn’t think real teenagers could pull off the multifaceted roles. When Hayley Mills and Patty Duke hit the screen, interest in the film grew, though both actresses eventually turned it down. That left the door open for the newcomers, who hold their own thanks to George Roy Hill’s direction and the support of a solid cast including Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley and Phyllis Thaxter.

Dir. George Roy Hill

In attendance: Merrie Spaeth, Paula Prentiss