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THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT starring PETER SELLERS, ANGELA LANSBURY and PAULA PRENTISS with TOM BOSLEY, PHYLLIS THAXTER, JOHN FIEDLER, AL LEWIS, MERRIE SPAETH and TIPPY WALKER

THE WORLD OF HENRY ORIENT is one of the most joyous and comforting movies about teenagers that we've had in a long time. And it introduces two delightful youngsters, Tippy Walker and Merrie Spaeth, who are the nicest proofs since Hayley Mills that little girls are made of sugar and spice.
Don't let that make you think it's icky. It is anything but. It is a juicily tart and sassy go-round with believably robust youngsters. It also has Peter Sellers playing a cheerfully rakish role — that of a predatory concert pianist. So don't worry, it won't stick in your teeth.
What it does, in essence, is give a picture of two 14-year-old New York girls, students at one of the snazzier private schools on the Upper East Side, who get a wild crush on this conceited and highly affected pianist and drive him almost to distraction with their relentless, adoring pursuit.
They park across the street from his apartment when he is slyly entertaining another man's wife. They peer at him through the front window of a Greenwich Village restaurant. They bump into him when he is racing to make a fast get-away with a girl. They even have the temerity, finally, to knock on his apartment door.
What they find there — well, it is something you had better see for yourself. Just let me say it casts much more discredit on the behavior or adults than of teenagers.
That is habitual with this picture, which comes from the writing machines of Nora Johnson and her father, Nunnally Johnson, and has been directed well by George Roy Hill. It has a great deal more regard for the solidity and integrity of girls than it has for the qualities of their parents, which are a little worn and frazzled with the years.
The youngsters may be thoroughly harum-scarum. They may live in their private, secret worlds — at this point, the world of Henry Orient, which they gleefully invent and fabricate. But their values are wholesome and decent, their loyalties are true and their flights from reality are not so buoyant that they can't be suddenly bumped to the ground.
More fetching of the two is the screwball that the agile Miss Walker plays — a fey girl whose parents have all but deserted her and who consequently lives for the most part in a mink coat. She is a wonderfully hoydenish creature, equally forthright and strong, whether vaulting fire hydrants along the curbstone or playing Debussy on the Steinway in her living room. Her period of adjustment with her parents is the most touching thing in the film, and the heretofore untried Miss Walker plays her part with sensitivity.
Miss Spaeth is the softer, the quieter and the less aggressive of the two. She is a credible product of a broken but still loving home. Perhaps you could say she plays the straight-girl to the more flamboyant friend.
As for Mr. Sellers, he is beautifully voluble and droll on a level of comic exposition that is just a wee bit above burlesque. His Henry Orient, the pianist, is a poseur, a popinjay, a fraud — an arch deceiver of women. But he is great and ever-surprising fun.
High scores are also in order for Phillis Thaxter and Bibi Osterwald as the mother and aunt of the quieter youngster and for Angela Lansbury and Tom Bosley as the parents of the one who lives in the mink coat and is, oh so nervous and anxious when they come home. Indeed, Mr. Bosley, in his slow way, injects the most sensitive note of adult appreciation and responsibility in the film.
A frisky musical score by Elmer Bernstein flows comfortably into the softer moods. Like the whole film, it leaves one feeling (as one of the girls says) awfully happy in a sad way.

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