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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 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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2 February 1962 (Ireland)  »

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Cliff Richard doesn't appear until six minutes into the film, having taken no part in the opening song and dance number. See more »

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

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Just Dance
Written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass
Performed by Cliff Richard and the cast
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"What Do You Know, We Got A Show"
10 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Before the Beatles came along to personify post World War II British music there was a battle between Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard as the top pop boy singer of the United Kingdom. Both these guys like Elvis Presley did some films that were tailored to the image they projected and this one The Young Ones suits Richard's clean cut image. Unlike the Beatles who had those Liverpudlian accents that took a bit of getting used to when they spoke, Richard's was a clear and proper diction.

Almost as precise as Robert Morley's who plays Richard's tycoon business father. It's almost like a Frank Capra film with the generations battling each other until the young one teaches the old one to be cool.

Morley is building a huge office building and the youth club that Richard belongs to is targeted for demolition. With no place for his pals to hang out the younger ones decide to use that tried and true method handed down from Mickey and Judy, put on a show.

The plot of course is just an excuse for Richard and his back up band The Shadows to perform a lot of numbers, some good ones too. That opening sequence was quite cleverly done using almost the whole city of London as a backdrop. Richard is a pleasing performer and he's given a good opportunity to display his wares.

As an actor not that good especially when stacked up against Robert Morley who looks like he's having a great old time as the Scrooge like father. But the numbers are staged well and this is a film that really shows London at the turn of the 60s.


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