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Wonderful to Be Young! -- Nicky runs a lively youth club for his friends where they escape from adult disapproval by making their own music. Nicky's millionaire father plans to buy up the land on which the youth club stands, and they try to stop him.


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2 February 1962 (Ireland) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Also known as "Wonderful to be Young" this is a delightful musical. See more (12 total) »


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Cliff Richard ... Nicholas 'Nicky' Black

Robert Morley ... 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
Gerald Harper ... Watts
Rita Webb ... Woman in Market
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Angel ... Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Baker ... BBC Newsreader (uncredited)
Wendy Barrie ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bernie Boyd ... Dancer (uncredited)
Terence Brook ... Man in TV Commercial (uncredited)
Burda Cann ... Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Cassie ... Dancer (uncredited)
Annette Clair ... Dancer (uncredited)

Carol Dilworth ... Teenage girl (uncredited)
Leslie Dolan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Leander Fedden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Terry Gilbert ... Dancer (uncredited)
Claire Gordon ... pin-up girl (on magazine browsed by Dench) (uncredited)
Pamela Hart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Derina House ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Howard ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ken Martyne ... Dancer (uncredited)
John McDonald ... Dancer (uncredited)
Pat McIntyre ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eithne Milne ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney J. Furie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Cass 
Peter Myers 

Produced by
Kenneth Harper .... producer
Andrew Mitchell .... associate producer
Original Music by
Stanley Black 
Ronald Cass 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Jack Slade 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
Art Direction by
John Howell 
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hair stylist (as I. Emmerton)
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (as S. Freebourne)
Production Management
John Wilcox .... production manager (as John D. Wilcox)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Slark .... assistant director
William P. Cartlidge .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Gowans .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Alexander .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Kenneth McCallum Tait .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Gordon Davie .... assistant dubbing editor
C. Hitchcock .... sound recordist
A.W. Lumkin .... recording director
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
H. Blackmore .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Claude Hitchcock .... sound department (uncredited)
David Jones .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Brian Harris .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robin Vidgeon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judith Jourd .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe mistress (as Jackie Breed)
Babs Gray .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Roy Bennett .... additional composer: songs and score
Stanley Black .... additional composer: songs and score
Stanley Black .... musical director
Stanley Black .... orchestrator
Deveril Goodman .... music editor (as Deveril C. Goodman)
Peter Gormley .... additional composer: songs and score
Les Hammond .... music recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Hank B. Marvin .... composer: additional music (also songs)
Norrie Paramor .... additional composer: songs and score
Norrie Paramor .... music supervisor
Herbert Ross .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Sy Soloway .... additional composer: songs and score
Sid Tepper .... composer: additional music (also songs)
Bruce Welch .... composer: additional music (also songs)
Shirley Wolf .... additional composer: songs and score
Grazina Frame .... singing voice: Carole Gray (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Frederic Gotfurt .... scenario editor
Christine Lawson .... assistant to choreographer
Alan Sievewright .... fashion consultant
Rocky Taylor .... technical advisor (Judo Sequence)
Helen Whitson .... continuity (as H. Whitson)
Jean Clarkson .... production secretary (uncredited)
Mike Russell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Young Ones" - UK (original title)
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108 min | USA:92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Also known as "Wonderful to be Young" this is a delightful musical., 29 June 2003
Author: shields- from Santa BArbara, CA

It was the first of three widescreen musicals Cliff and his backing group, The Shadows made in the early 60's. The other two were, "Summer Holiday" and "Wonderful Life" and all were filmed in Cinemascope, the most favored process of its type in that era.Carole Grey, the female lead was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and has a neat dance-production number with, "Just Dance" To me it was very reminiscent of the Bob Fosse "Steam Heat" number which Carole Haney did in "Pajama Game" Check it out! The Shads perform their #1 International hit, "The Savage" and a good time is had by all. Enjoy!

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