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Mr. Dingle is the popular music teacher in an English school, but when the headmaster threatens to close down the school band (partly because of Dingle's fondness of more modern music) then... See full summary »

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Cecil Parker ...
Frome
John Salew ...
Routledge
Elizabeth Kentish ...
Mrs. Castle
Mona Washbourne ...
Miss Morrow
Mary Merrall ...
Miss Wyvern
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Paterson
Jeremy Spenser ...
Nicky
Dorothy Bromiley ...
Paulette
Brian Smith ...
Ginger
Wilfred Downing ...
Browning
Robert Dickens ...
Morris
Dawson France ...
Crowther
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Peggy
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Lawson
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Mr. Dingle is the popular music teacher in an English school, but when the headmaster threatens to close down the school band (partly because of Dingle's fondness of more modern music) then the pupils have to come to his assistance, using their musical skills to help. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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26 December 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Corações em Festa  »

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There are more orchestra members in the gym near the end than what we see going across the grounds of the school. See more »

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Marching Strings
Written by Ray Martin (as Marshall Ross)
Performed by The Coronets
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Nostalgic musical
25 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out. I was in my early teens and so just the right age for it and oh it seemed so romantic! I managed to get an ep of some of the music - wish I knew where that ep got to, I've lost it. But I never managed to see the movie again until quite recently on TV - it's been shown a few more times since.

I was never a real jazz enthusiast however so much as I enjoyed all the fun and games at the school with the young musicians and their impressive teacher played by John Mills in a such lively youthful performance that nicely presages his later great dramatic talents, the music itself didn't stay in my memory. Only a year or two later we young people were stunned and delighted by the first rock 'n roll - I heard Rock Around the Clock for the first time in a Hancock's Half Hour, believe it or not, which very amusingly guyed Blackboard Jungle, and I was enthralled - by the music as much as Hancock, ie. Next came Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel, and the music and style and youthful behaviour of It's Great to be Young morphed into energetic rock dancing and Elvis's sexy gyrations.

It's Great to be Young is a splendid period piece now, one of the last gasps if you like of the pre-beat music generation but still enormous fun.


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