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Summer Holiday (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  18 February 1963 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Don
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Barbara Winters
Melvyn Hayes ...
Cyril
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Sandy
Teddy Green ...
Steve
Pamela Hart ...
Angie
Jeremy Bulloch ...
Edwin
Jacqueline Daryl ...
Mimsie
Madge Ryan ...
Stella Winters
Lionel Murton ...
Jerry
Christine Lawson ...
Annie the Maid
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Orlando
David Kossoff ...
French Magistrate
Wendy Barrie ...
Shepherdess / Dancer (as Wendy Barry)
Nicholas Phipps ...
Wrightmore
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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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It's what happens when FOUR BOYS in a borrowed bus...(with built-in bunks and bath)...meet FOUR GIRLS with a single mission...MEN!! (original poster) See more »

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18 February 1963 (UK)  »

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Vacaciones de verano  »

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Melvyn Hayes dyed his hair blond for this film. As he had returned to his natural colour by the time "Bachelor Boy" was filmed, he wore a wig. This was the shot chosen for most of the publicity material. See more »

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When Bobby/Barbara settles down into the sleeping bag she/he still has his/her woman's shoes on. See more »

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Classic Brit Film from the iconic 60's
7 January 2007 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Outstanding musical which topped the UK box office that year, as did The Young Ones the previous year. The storyline is straightforward, but the songs, fashions and odd Brit quirks make this a superb piece of pop history. Cliff is superbly naive and the film is primarily a vehicle to sell his music, but it goes beyond that and is harmless, camp, iconic and superbly dated. Watch it and remember! As for being the British Elvis, I'm not convinced. Cliff always speaks highly of Elvis, but the two are not alike and probably shouldn't be compared. While there are several other films by Cliff, this and the Young Ones are the ones to watch. Wonderful Life had the same basic cast and formula, but lacked direction. Later films, like Take me High, while offering an idea of the 70's, don't quite cut it either. Stick to the big 2 and you shouldn't be disappointed.


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