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Wonderful to Be Young! (1961)

The Young Ones (original title)
Nicky and his friends find that their youth club is in danger of being flattened to make way for a new office block unless they can come up with £1500 to pay the new owner, the ruthless ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nicholas 'Nicky' Black
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Hamilton Black
Carole Gray ...
Toni
Jet Harris ...
Himself (bass guitar) (as The Shadows)
Hank B. Marvin ...
Himself (lead guitar (as The Shadows)
Tony Meehan ...
Himself (drums) (as The Shadows)
Bruce Welch ...
Himself (rhythm guitar) (as The Shadows)
Teddy Green ...
Chris
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Ernest
Melvyn Hayes ...
Jimmy
Annette Robertson ...
Barbara
Robertson Hare ...
Chauffeur
Sonya Cordeau ...
Dorinda Morell
Sean Sullivan ...
Eddie
Harold Scott ...
Dench
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Nicky and his friends find that their youth club is in danger of being flattened to make way for a new office block unless they can come up with £1500 to pay the new owner, the ruthless property tycoon Hamilton Black. To help raise the cash, Nicky records a song and his friends broadcast it via a pirate radio station, touting him as "The Mystery Singer" - the plan works and interest in their up and coming show is heightened by this new but unknown heart-throb. But Nicky has an even bigger secret and one that he cannot share, even with his girlfriend Toni... Hamilton Black is his father. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Seventeen New and Wonderful! Wonderful! Songs See more »

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2 February 1962 (Ireland)  »

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The theatre used in the film is the Finsbury Park Empire, which closed in 1960. Cliff Richard and the Shadows had performed there for one week in November 1959. See more »

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Spoofed in Spice World (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Mambo
Written by Stanley Black
Performed by The Associated British Studio Orchestra
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Colorful cult movie for sixties-freaks
20 March 1999 | by (Halsteren, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie to spend your fee on when you were a British teenager in the early sixties. But there is hardly a story, and what there is is very predictable. The movie has two strong moments however: the first 10 minutes are really an example of how a musical can start at full-speed, and the part where Cliff Richard sings the title song, strolling along "the serpentine" in Hyde Park, London, with the lovely Carole Gray aside him. A little bit of a cult movie, and a very weak brother of West side story. But it has its place in history and millions have enjoyed it. Cliff's fans probably still do.


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