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The strawberry ice cream cones that Herman and Louisa buy at the stand are a completely different shape when they arrive at the roller coaster (they have grown into a distinct two-scoop shape; at the stand they were just large blobs). See more »
How many times must I warn you to stay away from girls?
But she was someone to talk to.
Oh yes, it all starts with talking, yakity-yakity-yak. But the moment the talking stops, my boy. you're in trouble.
You have an evil mind.
I'm old enough to enjoy it. You're not. And keep the door locked.
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In the 1950's and 1960's, MGM made a slew of teen-exploitation pictures, some of them okay, some laughably bad.
"Hold On" is neither the best nor the worst of these, and it does have some redeeming qualities. First on the list of redeeming qualities, of course, would be the presence of Herman's Hermits, who were white-hot in 1965 and 1966. The songs are, for the most part, pretty good (the notable exception being "The George and Dragon"); "Wild Love," which closes the film, feels like it should have been a hit but wasn't. "Make Me Happy," sung by co-star Shelley Fabares backed by the Hermits, is a masterpiece of mid-60's girl-enslaving-herself-to-boy songwriting, and is sort of funny today as a result.
The plot, as other writers have noted, is preposterous, and involves not only a NASA spacecraft, but a subplot involving fainting girls and another involving a (never-seen) supersonic transport capable of whisking Herman from Los Angeles to Cape Kennedy in something like an hour. And the cast is full of familiar television faces of the '60's, which was cheap of MGM at the time, but has a certain charm now.
Like "A Hard Day's Night," the film attempts to give us the feeling of a period where rock stars made girls scream and faint. We get only glimpses of that, but it drips with other period detail. "Look, there's a '65 Plymouth!" "Look at her hair." "I remember dresses like that." All in all,"Hold On" stands as a rather contrived piece of film-making, but an interesting period piece.
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