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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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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 ...
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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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Got a Funny Feeling
Written by Bruce Welch and Hank B. Marvin
Performed by Cliff Richard
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Colouful look back at the 1960's
30 December 2014 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie back in 1961 when it was first released, and I saw it at a special Midnight Matinée with Cliff Richard on stage in person at the end of the film. He was also in the lobby afterwards. A pleasant enough musical, the title song is sung at Ruisip Lido which was a popular summer venue in the 1960's. It is still there (2014)but swimming is no longer allowed. The theater where the young ones put on their show really was the Finsbury Park Empire which was designed by Frank Matcham a famous British theater architect,the building was standing empty having closed in 1960, the theater was demolished in 1965.So if you are into old theatres the movie serves as a reminder of that building. Some of the dance routines remind one of West Side Story. Although the film was in Cinemascope ratio it did not have stereo sound which is a pity for a musical. Robert Morley plays the part of Cliffs father well and it is fun to see Robert doing a dance routine near the end of the movie. If you like musicals you will probably enjoy this film as long as you do not expect it to be like a big Hollywood production.


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