I think Bye Bye Birdie does not have enough of the main character, Conrad Birdie. I liked the Ed Sullivan number and the social satire about teenagers.
It seems that Al may have invented his lovely blond girlfriend. When he calls her long distance, he doesn't speak. We know he will never connect with her. Still, we feel for Al. Ann Savage was so vicious as Vera that it is unbearable to watch her. I often wondered why Edgar Ulmer did not fancy her up somewhat. She seems to belong in a European neo- realist film.