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Wonderful to Be Young! (1961)

The Young Ones (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 12 January 1962 (UK)
Nicky and his friends find that their youth club is in danger of being flattened to make way for a new office block unless they can come up with £1500 to pay the new owner, the ruthless ... See full summary »

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Sidney J. Furie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Richard ... Nicholas 'Nicky' Black
Robert Morley ... Hamilton Black
Carole Gray ... Toni
Jet Harris Jet Harris ... Himself (bass guitar) (as The Shadows)
Hank B. Marvin Hank B. Marvin ... Himself (lead guitar (as The Shadows)
Tony Meehan Tony Meehan ... Himself (drums) (as The Shadows)
Bruce Welch Bruce Welch ... Himself (rhythm guitar) (as The Shadows)
Teddy Green Teddy Green ... Chris
Richard O'Sullivan ... Ernest
Melvyn Hayes ... Jimmy
Annette Robertson Annette Robertson ... Barbara
Robertson Hare Robertson Hare ... Chauffeur
Sonya Cordeau ... Dorinda Morell
Sean Sullivan ... Eddie
Harold Scott ... Dench
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Storyline

Nicky and his friends find that their youth club is in danger of being flattened to make way for a new office block unless they can come up with £1500 to pay the new owner, the ruthless property tycoon Hamilton Black. To help raise the cash, Nicky records a song and his friends broadcast it via a pirate radio station, touting him as "The Mystery Singer" - the plan works and interest in their up and coming show is heightened by this new but unknown heart-throb. But Nicky has an even bigger secret and one that he cannot share, even with his girlfriend Toni. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Fresh! WONDERFUL! Exciting! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wonderful to Be Young! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The producers, director and writers agreed to borrow the storyline of the film musical "Babes In Arms" (1939), where youngsters Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland put on a show with their friends to raise money. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Mambo
Written by Stanley Black
Performed by The Associated British Studio Orchestra
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A bad West End show brought to the screen.
16 May 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

It's the same old faces: Melvin Hayes, Richard O' Sullivan et al, playing the same old parts they play in other films and onstage. It also displays why these types of shows were nosed out of sight by the all-swallowing rock and roll. The plot is hardly deserving of the word plot.

Gutbucket Robert Morley beats up some thugs with a few judo moves and puffs his way through a simple dance routine. As in Cliff Richard's earlier film,Expresso Bongo, The Shadows sidestep off with all the honours. At the time this film was made, the Shadows, led by their charismatic blond bass player, and with Tony Meehan on drums, were at their peak. Their version of The Savage is the best thing about this film.


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