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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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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)
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
Leslie Hammond .... music recordist
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:
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Censura: Alguns Cortes (1999)See more »
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A bad musical is a British musical, but at least we get Cliff and the Shads, 1 April 2007
Author: MartynGryphon from Coventry, England

Years before Sidney J. Furie went on to direct bone fide screen epics such as the fantastic Ipcress File or the not so epic Iron Eagle movies, He directed Cliff Richard in a couple of his manufactured movie musicals simply designed to cash in on both Cliff's youthful good looks and his raw Rock n' Roll talent.

Back in 1961 Cliff's clout with the record buying public was at it's peak. The Beatles were still a year or so away, and Cliff was our home grown British Rocker. (despite being born in Lucknow, India).

Like Elvis, The movies saw potential in Cliff's box office appeal and immediately put him in the movies. The films didn't really have to be good or entertaining even, the fact that it starred Cliff Richard was enough to but the bums on the seats.

His first two movies (Serious Charge and Expresso Bongo Both 1959), had done well, but neither really gave Cliff the starring vehicle his Godlike status with the teenagers required. However, all this was to change with The Young Ones. For the first time movie audiences were able to see him in both Technicolor and Cinemascope.

Cliff plays Nicky Black a member of a local London youth club under threat of closure from a ruthless property developer, Hamilton Black (Robert Morley). Nicky and his friends become determined to stop this closure by any means necessary. This task is not made easy for Nicky as the aforementioned property developer is actually his own father.

In order to raise £1500, (a HUGE amount of money then), to buy an extension of the lease to keep their club open, Nicky & Co decide to take a leaf out of Mickey Rooney's book, and PUT ON A SHOW. However, Hamilton Black is just as determined, and manages to scupper their plans as soon as they make them.

The youth club gang then decide that they will use pirate radio broadcasts, in order to let their audience know when and where their show will take place so Hamilton Black cannot put yet another fly in yet another tub of ointment.

The Shadows, appear here too, and over the previous two years, they had already emerged from being simply Cliff's backing band and become (and remain to this day), Britian's most successful instrumental band. Because of this, It's a shame that none of the Shadows actually get a speaking part in this movie, but are always on hand whenever a song needs to be performed. They do get their own shining hour though, when they perform their hit "The Savage".

Carole Gray woodenly plays Cliff's love interest, yet her singing voice was dubbed by the ultra-talented Grazina Frame. Why did the producers go to all that trouble? Why did they not just cast Grazina straight from day one? In fact, when you compare Carole Gray and Grazina Frame, Grazina was not only the better singer but their better looking of the two.

Robert Morley is quite amusing in his role, as are Melvyn Hayes, Richard O'Sullivan and Teddy Green in theirs, but it's Cliff & The Shadows that actually make this movie even remotely watchable.

The reason being, is that the film, when viewed as a complete film, is pretty crap, but that is a failing of ALL British musicals dating back to Jessie Matthews time. With each generation since the 1930's, we Brits have tried to make a decent movie musical and have fallen flat on our faces every single time. (Did you ever see Spiceworld?). Our inability to make a decent musical might have something to do with those awful big 'Production Numbers' like the ones displayed in this movie.

The Young Ones is a harmless way of spending a couple of hours, as there is nothing hear to shock or offend anyone, after all this is Cliff Richard we're talking about.


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