Via Movieline, the video of the Mad Men cast and crew taking turns singing “Bye Bye Birdie” (based on the episode where everybody was arguing over and/or imitating Ann-Margret’s star-making performance in the film). Considering that the original number was in front of a blue screen, I still find it surprising that no one’s done a YouTube video superimposing other images behind the young Ann-Margret. But it could be that Ann-Margret alone is so awesome that there’s nothing anyone can add.
By the way, there’s a line in that Mad Men episode that demonstrates what I might call the limits of historical accuracy. After Sal sees A-M, he says “I saw Susan Watson do it on Broadway. She was great, but she didn’t have that.” The line just squeaks by on a historical-accuracy scale, because Susan Watson did play that part on Broadway, and he doesn’t actually say that he saw her do this song — but he seems to imply it, and in fact the song was not in the stage show. That, however, is something only a hard-core Broadway musical geek would care about. So the line stays in, as it should. But I suspect that a number of bits on Mad Men and other realism-minded shows are like that: if you have specific, in-depth knowledge of something they’re talking about, it might ring a little bit false. Which is to say, I’m sure some things on Mad Men that seem very real and accurate to me seem just a little bit “off” to someone who knows these subjects better than I do. Which, as I say, is fine. The point is not to be 100% accurate but to put in as much historical knowledge and as much accuracy as they can.
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