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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! (2017) See more »

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The Savage
Written by Norrie Paramor
Played by The Shadows
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This is just the coolest film...
15 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

... The Shadows come off best here with their few lines and great instrumentals undermining the potential datedness of pop stars' movie appearances. However Cliff really rocks and even if the cinematic techniques would be bettered in the follow-up Summer Holiday, the music is just superb.

The basic plot of this is so similar to The Blues Brothers it's uncanny. I should be very surprised if John Landis and Dan Aykroyd hadn't seen The Young Ones.

Forget about Grazina Frame's dubbed voice, forget about the square old pop played by Robert Morley, and remember the great songs and the unbelievably handsome Cliff!


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