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A young singer on a train bound for London finds herself among a group of famous musicians and performers.A young singer on a train bound for London finds herself among a group of famous musicians and performers.A young singer on a train bound for London finds herself among a group of famous musicians and performers.
Rock halfway around the clock
This (now) quaint film is a cornucopia of Brit jukebox talent of the mid 50s all in a cavalcade of song hits... some dimly recalled and most long forgotten. This film is an expanded version of the TV show of the same name... each country had a similar TV show: in Australia we had Saturday DATE and in the US there was BANDSTAND and SHINDIG. It is the sort of TV show that John Waters spoofed in his hilarious 1988 movie with Ricki Lake called HAIRSPRAY. This UK pic is about a sweet nervous operatic hopeful who gets on the 6.5 special a train full of pop talent who head off to the TV studio for a weekly show. It is a good idea and a believable frame to hang what seems like 100 songs and an equal number of singers and dancers who all get a gig in this 85 minute movie. It is non stop songs and performances and as a time capsule movie of 1957 it is now a real talent museum piece. Every known style and look is on screen and it is a good party tape to play at home... even if you are alone or are having 50s party night just for fun. It is so conservative, all cardigans and sensible clothes.. with the occasional Pommy rockabilly twist... followed by a big band / orchestra or dixieland showcase. The wild concert pic THE TAMI SHOW of the mid 60s from Los Angeles Auditorium is a great 1965 chaser. 6.5 SPECIAL is a great fun. The opening scene is our shy singing gal in the bathtub, chatting to her galpal with the bathroom door open... right thru she also sings up until she hops out all sudsy, dries and puts on her pyjamas!. After the train scenes, the film shifts to the studio where a roster of truly dynamite talent takes over: One of the songs is from a 15 year old Scottish boy called Jackie Dnnis wearing the biggest pair of truly terrifying plaid trousers. He sings like Frankie Lymon, belting out a number with lyrics like "la de da oh boy cha-cha-charrrrrrr"... where is he today? also in 6.5 SPECIAL are: John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, the King Bros, Jim Dale, Petulia Clark, and Lonnie Donnegan who is clearly a forerunner to The Beatles in style. One fab cocktail dance number is by Paddy Madison and Lee Stone is a super dance act very much in the style of Marge and Gower Champion. Also if you are a fan of acoustic guitar this great film is also a feast of that sound. Enjoy!
- Apr 25, 2007
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