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Swingers' Paradise (1964)
"Wonderful Life" (original title)

 -  Music | Musical | Romance  -  3 July 1964 (UK)
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A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Johnnie
Walter Slezak ...
Lloyd Davis
Susan Hampshire ...
Jenny Taylor
Hank B. Marvin ...
Hank (as The Shadows)
Bruce Welch ...
Bruce (as The Shadows)
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Brian (as The Shadows)
John Rostill ...
John (as The Shadows)
Melvyn Hayes ...
Jerry
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Edward
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Barbara Tate
Derek Bond ...
Douglas Leslie
Gerald Harper ...
Sheik / Scotsman / Harold
Joseph Cuby ...
Miguel (as Joe Cuby)
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The Shadows
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A group of (literally) drifting popsters find themselves involved in a grim sand-and-sandals desert movie. They reckon a few song-and-dance numbers would liven things up. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Cliff's back! - He's swingin' singin' livin' and dancin' to a dozen it tunes!

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Music | Musical | Romance

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3 July 1964 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Derek Bond was booked after Dennis Price who was first hired was fired. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the 'Home' sequence, Cliff Richard, Melvyn Hayes & Richard O'Sullivan sit on the back of the boat and have to pretend their falling backwards off the stern. Moments before they are supposed to fall, the hands of two or three members of the crew can be seen raising into shot ready to catch them. See more »

Connections

References The Gangsters (1913) See more »

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Youth and Experience
Performed by Cliff Richard and Walter Slezak and the cast
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Enjoyable musical-comedy with Britain's "Elvis"
29 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Cliff Richard and his backing group, "The Shadows" (affectionately called The "Shads" by kids in Britain at the time) made three very entertaining films in a row in the early 60's. They were all filmed in CinemaScope, the most widely-used widescreen process of the era. "Wonderful Life" was the last of this trio. The other two were, "The Young Ones" (aka "Wonderful to be Young") and "Summer Holiday" To say Cliff and The Shads were a phenomenon is an understatement. To this day both Cliff and the Shads still perform to sold-out audiences around the world. For some uncanny reason they never really made it in the states, altho Cliff had one hit with"Devil Woman" and the Shads had "Apache" Okay these movies didn't (and won't) win any awards. But they are a fun way to spend a couple of hours. "Summer Holiday" and "Wonderful Life" were both filmed on location, in glorious color, and all three could best be compared to any of the Elvis or Frankie/Annette musical-comedies of the same era. "The Young Ones" featured a great dance sequence performed by the female lead, Carole Grey - a tribute to Bob Fosse's "Steam Heat" number from "Pajama Game" Enjoy them for what they are -entertainment! Shields, Santa Barbara, CA


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