The late David Hemmings plays teenager Dave Martin, a postman who fronts his own group called "The Smart Alecs" who dream of being bigger than "The Beatles". They record a demo tape at a recording studio to take to the record companies, but things seem to be going pair shaped when he loses the tape. There is also his father to contend with who thinks he's wasting his time with all that pop music nonsense.
A minor British pop musical made at the height of Beatlemania. There are some well staged musical numbers from "Kenny Ball & The Jazzmen" who perform "Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes", Heinz sings the title song and "Don't You Understand" while Patsy Ann Noble's in there too with "Accidents Will Happen". The direction by Lance Comfort is smooth while the musical numbers are composed and arranged by the legendary British pop producer Joe Meek who made hits such as "Johnny Remember Me" by John Leyton, "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz and "Have I The Right" by "The Honeycombs". All in all nostalgic fun!
I bought this film on video in Oxford just before Christmas on the same day that the press announced David Hemmings had died! Incidentally, the cast includes Nancy Spain and the film was shown at our local cinema on Grand National day in 1964 when my father saw the film - the day that Spain was sadly killed in a car crash.
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