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Summer Holiday (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 18 February 1963 (UK)
A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they ... See full summary »

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Don
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Barbara
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Cyril
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Sandy
Teddy Green ...
Steve
Pamela Hart ...
Angie
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Edwin
Jacqueline Daryl ...
Mimsie
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Stella
Lionel Murton ...
Jerry
Christine Lawson ...
Annie
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Orlando
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Magistrate
Wendy Barrie ...
Shepherdess / Dancer (as Wendy Barry)
Nicholas Phipps ...
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A fabulous 60s Musical - 4 London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, drive it around Europe as a hotel and if they make it they will own and be in charge of a whole fleet. While on the road in France they pick up 3 ladies whose car breaks down and offer to take them to their next singing job in Athens. They also pick up a stowaway. A young, American boy. Meanwhile, a young American female singer has gone missing. Her mother (who is a VERY ambitious woman) and her aid take the story to the press and it makes the front page. They do all they can to make the story run for as long as possible, including misdirecting the bus up an extremely steep Yugoslavian hill. We find out the young American boy is actually the young American girl who is missing. Mayhem ensues as the lead character, Don (Cliff Richard) falls for Barbara. Eventually, when the 8 bus riders reach Athens, they're arrested for kidnapping. In front of her mother and a ... Written by Joliet and Flavia17

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american | bus | holiday | hotel | mechanic | See All (51) »

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From first KISS (in Paris)...to last BLUSH (in Greece)! (original 1-sheet poster) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Vacaciones de verano  »

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A young Barbra Streisand was first considered for the role of the American stowaway Barbara, but was then deemed "too big" (as in too famous) for the part and would take the limelight away from Cliff Richard. See more »

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Cliff and his mates are wearing the same clothes for 7 days during the bus repairs/remodelling. See more »

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Angie: Do you call everybody Charlie?
Steve: Only the people I like.
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"The Shadows and their guitars" are credited in the opening credits. See more »

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Yugoslavian Wedding
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Sugary early musical starring Cliff Richard
16 December 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Summer Holiday is an early example of the pop musical. It was a vehicle for Cliff Richard, who was at this stage a British rock 'n' roll superstar. He also had a squeaky clean image and Summer Holiday certainly does nothing to alter this view. It's about four friends who go on a continental European trip in a London double-decker bus they have converted into a mobile home. They pick up some girls along the way and a series of japes follows soon after.

The story-line is pretty negligible and is a distant second to the scenic locations and songs. Of the latter, there are a few memorable ones but they're mostly not very good really, although the tune played by The Shadows in the nightclub was actually pretty great. Aside from this the movie is primarily made up of light-hearted comedy, with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I guess you could describe it all as charming but I personally thought it to be a little too excessively twee for my tastes and found the comedy a bit wearing after a bit. But it's sort of hard to truly dislike and is kind of okay for what it is.


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